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District judge, public defender explain civil commitment process in state

While Sen. Ben Kieckhefer of Reno says the system designed to keep guns away from the mentally ill is broken, the judge and public defender who manage that system in Northern Nevada say it’s not that simple.Kieckhefer raised the issue saying that, in Northern Nevada, 1,184 petitions to involuntarily commit potentially dangerous individuals were filed in the past two years but only seven people were actually committed.That commitment is what triggers a report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, known as NICS. People listed in NICS are barred from buying guns.“People suffering mental illness who pose a danger …

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