COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The chief of South Carolina's law enforcement agency says 55 handgun sales have been stopped because of a mental health reporting law.
Chief Mark Keel said Friday that the State Law Enforcement Division also has revoked 65 concealed weapon permits and denied 12 permit applications because of the law approved last year.
The law requires courts across South Carolina to send SLED 10 years' worth of records on residents who have been declared mentally ill or committed to a mental institution.
Keel says the agency's new mental health reporting unit has entered more than 22,000 names in a federal database since October.
The entries mean their names now show up in gun stores' background checks.
Of the 55 attempted purchases it has stopped so far, six occurred outside South Carolina.
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