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How do we keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill?

gunsSEATTLE — It’s an issue often debated after incidents of gun violence and mass shootings like Monday’s mass shooting in Washington D.C. — should gun control laws be tighter when it comes to mentally ill individuals purchasing firearms?

According to CNN, accused shooter Aaron Alexis told Newport, Rhode Island, police last month that an individual “had sent three people to follow him and to talk, keep him awake and send vibrations into his body,” according to a police report.

That report is related to an investigation into a harassment complaint at a Marriott hotel in Newport.  Alexis said he first heard the people “talking to him through a wall” at a Residence Inn in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he had been staying.

He packed up and went to an unidentified hotel on a Navy base in Newport where he heard the same voices talking to him. He then moved to a third hotel, the Marriott, according to the police report. There, Alexis first told authorities that the three individuals spoke to him through the floor and the ceiling. Alexis said the individuals were using “some sort of microwave machine” that sent “vibrations through the ceiling, penetrating his body so he cannot fall asleep.”

According to the police report, he also told authorities that “he does not have a history of mental illness in his family and that he never had any sort of mental episode.”

Coming up on Q13 FOX News at 4 and 5 p.m., we’ll talk to a local mental health professional about current laws and a group working to toughen gun legislation in Washington state.

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