Spartanburg County judge can't make gun deadline

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Spartanburg County's probate judge says her county will likely miss a state deadline to report mental illness cases to a nationwide database used for gun checks.

Probate Judge Ponda Caldwell told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg (http://bit.ly/1vO0YMS) that the county has 9,000 cases to review over 10 years, which will be difficult to finish before the Aug. 1 deadline.

A state law requires probate courts to report all cases where a person was judged mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to a mental health facility. That information goes into a federal database, and those people aren't allowed to own a gun.

The cases have to be carefully handled because of federal confidentiality laws, so Caldwell is careful about who reviews them. She says she can't pull workers from their regular duties either.

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Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/

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