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Norton: Security Clearance Reforms Needed After Navy Yard Shooting

Lawmakers in the region are calling for reforms to government security clearances as they continue to investigate the Navy Yard shooting.

The mass shooting at the Navy Yard that left 13 dead and eight wounded was the second deadliest on a military base in the nation's history. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says the wound hasn't healed for many.

"We were hit very hard at the Navy Yard and we were hit by a deranged man who, as I understand it, had the second highest security clearance," she says.

Lawmakers are still trying to figure out how a man suffering from mental illness  was able to maintain a high security clearance as a government contractor. Norton and others are pushing for reforms ensure security clearances are updated more regularly.

"I can't understand the original set of the 10-year notion even the most stable person has incidents in his life in a decade," Norton says.

Lawmakers in the region are also looking for ways to get state and local officials to share more arrest records with the federal government.

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