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Wisconsin is one of 18 states that do not provide the federal government with mental health information on residents who should be barred from owning guns. The data is collected in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. .
Privacy concerns have prevented Wisconsin's Department of Justice from sharing mental health commitment information with the federal database.
Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), who authored the bill with gun-rights advocate Rep. Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford), called it a loophole.
"Federal law prohibits people with involuntary mental health commitments from possessing firearms, but Wisconsin does not make the information available," she said.
Illinois made changes to its laws, but it's unclear whether they could have prevented this month's shootings at Northern Illinois University. The gunman, Steven Kazmierczak, had been on medication but may not have been prevented from buying a gun.