Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

MAN DENIED GUN PURCHASE SUES POLICE [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

MAN DENIED GUN PURCHASE SUES POLICE [Derived Headline]

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MAN DENIED GUN PURCHASE SUES POLICE

Saying he was told he couldn't buy a gun because he was a "mental defective," a Butler man sued the state police late Monday, claiming there was no basis for the denial and the agency refused to correct the error.

Jeffrey L. Burtner tried in May 2012 to buy a hunting rifle from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Butler, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.

He submitted to the required background check. Although he had previously bought guns with no problem, this time the Pennsylvania Instant Check System indicated that he had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution in 1992.

People who have "been adjudicated as a mental defective or who [have] been committed to a mental institution" are not allowed to possess guns, the lawsuit notes.

Mr. Burtner responded that the information was not correct and approached the hospital and provider listed on the PICS response. Both responded that they had no record suggesting any such commitment, according to the complaint.

His attorney, Joshua Prince, provided the documentation to state police attorneys, according to the complaint.

The attorney for the state police responded "that the PSP has been unable to find any involuntary commitment documentation on Mr. Burtner but that Mr. Burtner would have to take legal action for the PSP to remove it from PICS," according to the complaint.

MAN SLAIN ON WALKING TRAIL

State police are investigating a homicide on an Indiana County walking trail Monday night.

James Alexander, 46, of Ernest, Indiana County, was found shot in the head on the trail near State Route 403 in Clymer, state police in the Indiana barracks said.

Mr. Alexander attended a party at a friend's house before going for a walk on a nearby trail, according to an Indiana County coroner's office press release.

Shortly after, about 9:20 p.m., friends reported hearing gunshots and went to the trail, where they found him. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:25 p.m.

"This does not appear to be a random crime or a random act," Trooper John Matchik of the Ebensburg barracks said.

NIGHT PARKING TO STAY FREE

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed legislation today to prevent night-time parking enforcement after 6 p.m. The city had been set to extend enforcement to 10 p.m. starting Monday.

As part of a plan to rescue the city's pension, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority was to boost its contributions to the city through extending parking enforcement and raising meter rates. The extension was originally slated to take place on Jan. 2, but was extended to July.

Councilman Corey O'Connor said he's received assurances from parking authority officials that the authority will continue to contribute to the city. …

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