VT Tech shootings
Years before the Virginia Tech shootings, there were early warning signs. In 2005, a court order was issued to Seung Hui Cho. “Cho is mentally ill and in need of hospitalization, and presents an imminent danger to self or others as a result of mental illness.”
Federal law prohibits anyone whom a judge has adjudicated mentally defective, or anyone involuntarily committed to a mental institution from buying a gun. As of 2007, only 22 states (Ie: Kansas) submit mental health records to the Federal background check database. The problem is many states do not require the gun buyer to undergo any any state criminal background check, and rely soley on a federal background check alone. The problem here is all too often, the federal records are incomplete and not up-to-date as state records.