The state formed a committee to build such a system, the first of its kind in the country, said Linda Richmond Artimez, director of mental-hygiene services for the West Virginia Supreme Court. That system was fully launched in early 2011, and the state submitted the names of more than 600 people to the FBI. As of today, it has submitted more than 11,000 people, Artimez said.
"Somewhere before the summer of 2011," Artimez said, "we were able to send out large amounts [of orders] in bulk . . . and we've been submitting them ever since."
Mental-health examiners in each county have 72 hours to report people involuntarily committed to a mental institution or deemed criminally insane to the state Supreme Court, Artimez said.
Those orders are then sent by a secure link to the West Virginia State Police to be sent through another secure link to the FBI. All orders sent to the FBI come from state courts and not from mental-health providers.
On Oct. 11, 2011, Maynard lied on a federal form at Johnny's Gun and Pawn in Huntington but was denied a gun purchase, according to the indictment. Maynard allegedly lied again on Dec. 6, 2011, at Gander Mountain and again was denied.
A 2011 study by the lobbying group Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that only 28 states have laws either requiring or permitting state officials to submit mental-health information to the FBI for federal background checks. Mayors Against Illegal Guns has been pushing for stricter federal gun-control laws.
According to the study, millions of records identifying seriously mentally ill people and drug abusers are missing from the FBI database because of lax state laws.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.