Virginia Tech survivor in Maine to talk about guns

Posted Nov. 11, 2010, at 11:07 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings says he doesn’t oppose gun ownership despite being shot four times. But Colin Goddard told a Maine audience that states should implement a system that requires a background check that includes mental health records, domestic violence arrests and felony convictions.

He says the shooter, Cho Seung-Hui Cho, should never have been allowed to buy a handgun because he had been diagnosed with a mental illness. Cho killed 32 people before committing suicide in April 2007.

Goddard was in Maine on Wednesday to address Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence.

Last year, Goddard used a hidden video camera at gun shows across the United States, including one in Bangor, to document how easy it can be to buy a weapon.

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