House Committee Approves Mental Health Gun Legislation

Jun 5, 2014

The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve what may be some of the only gun legislation this session.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is one of three federal databases that federally licensed gun sellers check before selling anyone a gun.  

Right now the state does not submit any information to NICS.  The bill voted on by the House Judiciary Committee would allow the state’s District Court to report to NICS anyone who has been deemed a danger to themselves or others after a mental health hearing.

The bill also creates an appeals board for those who wish to own a firearm, but were disqualified after a federal background check. If the bill becomes law, it will go into effect on January 1st.

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