Thu., February 14, 2013 8:43am (EST)

Sheriff: Review Gun Buyers' Mental Health
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.  —  
A suburban Atlanta sheriff is asking state lawmakers to consider the mental health of a potential gun buyer to be part of a background check. DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown spoke during a forum discussion Wednesday assembled by state Sen. Donzella James, who represents parts of Douglas and Fulton counties. (Photo Courtesy of Chayak via Flickr.)
A suburban Atlanta sheriff is asking state lawmakers to consider the mental health of a potential gun buyer to be part of a background check. DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown spoke during a forum discussion Wednesday assembled by state Sen. Donzella James, who represents parts of Douglas and Fulton counties. (Photo Courtesy of Chayak via Flickr.)
A suburban Atlanta sheriff is asking state lawmakers to consider the mental health of a potential gun buyer to be part of a background check.

DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown spoke during a forum discussion Wednesday assembled by state Sen. Donzella James, who represents parts of Douglas and Fulton counties.

Brown says allowing a person's mental health to be reviewed during a background check before a firearms purchase could help keep guns out of the hands of potentially unstable people.

During the discussion, Brown said in many instances, mass shootings were committed by a gunman who was known to have prior psychological issues. State lawmakers have discussed several gun-related bills since the start of the legislative session.