A doctor at the Fort Worth hospital where a woman died of an overdose of prescription painkillers was able to deliver a gun from the mail because of a loophole in the gun control law that allows the gun to be delivered to a medical facility.
Fort Worth Fire Chief Jeff Johnson said that the department has received several letters over the past year that have been delivered to the hospital from people who live in the area.
Johnson said he did not know how many guns are being delivered this way, but said he thinks it is a growing problem.
Johnson called the loophole an example of the gun laws we are having in our state and in other states.
Johnson, a Republican, said he is hoping to see legislation passed that would close the loophole.
The law was passed in 2006 and allows the delivery of firearms to medical facilities.
It allows a doctor to deliver firearms to a person if they have a valid firearms permit from a state where the permit is valid, and the firearm is a gun or ammunition.
It is not a firearm or ammunition to be used for purposes of self-defense.
The Department of Public Safety says the law has helped prevent deaths in the past.