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Father of VA Tech Victim Urges Gun Law Changes in MT

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The father of a victim in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings is urging Montana lawmakers to pass legislation that would require the state to turn over records to help prevent the mentally ill from buying guns.

Montana legislators are considering changing a law that prohibits the state from submitting the names of people involuntarily committed to mental facilities for federal gun background checks.

Peter Read says Virginia now has a similar requirement, but it didn't when Seung-Hui Cho  killed 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty members. Cho had previously been ruled a threat to himself because of mental illness but was still able to pass federal gun background checks.      

Read tells lawmakers his daughter Mary might still be alive today if Virginia had better reporting requirements at the time of the shooting.

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