COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's top prosecutor says the state would be safer under a proposal to share mental health information with the federal government.

Attorney General Alan Wilson said Tuesday a proposed bill would require the state to share information on people who have been found by a court to have mental health problems.

Wilson said it's already illegal to sell guns to people with known mental illness. But the Republican said South Carolina currently is not required to disclose that information with the federal authorities who maintain the database against which names are run for background checks.

Wilson is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He and state lawmakers stressed repeatedly that the bill is not placing any new impediments on people who can already legally own guns.

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