NC Panel Recommends Gun Permit Changes For Mentally Ill

State Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced a plan to prevent people from buying handguns if they've been involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

Cooper discussed a report yesterday from a task force he created to look at campus safety at universities in North Carolina. Cooper created the task force two days after the fatal shootings at Virginia Tech.

The report recommends a new law that would require counties to provide information to the national background-check database about involuntary commitment orders.

Cooper said the proposed law could prevent people with mental illness from buying guns.

The student gunman who fatally shot 32 people at Virginia Tech before turning the gun on himself was able to buy a handgun in Virginia even though a judge had previously declared him mentally ill.