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Suffolk OKs plan to check psych patients' gun licenses

Legislators on Suffolk's Public Safety Committee unanimously approved

Legislators on Suffolk's Public Safety Committee unanimously approved a measure Thursday directing Suffolk police to check the names and addresses of those involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment against pistol permit registries. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Suffolk lawmakers Tuesday directed the county police and sheriff's departments to check anyone they commit for psychiatric treatment against their pistol permit registries -- a measure aimed at quickly stripping access to weapons from people deemed to be an immediate danger to themselves or others.

Supporters said the bill, approved unanimously at the legislature's meeting in Riverhead, could...

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