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State Rifle Association Head Supports Gun Checks For Mental Illness

CHICAGO (CBS) — The head of the Illinois State Rifle Association says Illinois has already complied with one of the elements in President Obama’s package of gun control proposals, and his group supported it.

ISRA Director Rick Pearson opposed a ban on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, but he says background checks for most gun sales exist here.

“Every person who is being treated for a mental illness, those people should be reported to the National Instant Background Check, no question. Illinois has a law requiring it, other states do not,” said Pearson.

But he refuses to say all states should be forced to comply.

“I don’t know if I can support that because of my friends in Wyoming and Montana think the whole thing is crazy anyway, but I think local laws have to be applied as the state sees fit,” said Pearson.

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