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Police Struggle With Background Checks For Foreign Students
Updated December 21, 2016 7:07 AM
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(WEST LAFAYETTE) - West Lafayette police have been grappling with how to conduct background checks on foreign college students who apply for handgun licenses in Indiana.

The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports that state regulations on handguns don't specifically address people from foreign countries, forcing West Lafayette police and other local agencies to rely on limited local, state and national criminal background checks

Indiana State Police asked the West Lafayette Police Department this summer to loosen its approach in issuing handgun licenses to international students after one student was denied a license. The city is home to Purdue University, which has about 10,000 international students.

West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says his department has been hyper vigilant because international students' criminal backgrounds outside the U.S. is unknown.

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