Bill hastens curbing gun rights of mentally ill

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Updated: 4/10/2013 11:34 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada state senator says buying a gun is not a fundamental right and due process may need to be sacrificed if it means keeping guns out of the hands of people who are dangerously mentally ill.

Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas says gun rights are less important than some other rights.

His comments Tuesday came as Republican Sen. Ben Kieckhefer of Reno presented SB277 to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

Current law prohibits people who are involuntarily committed from purchasing firearms. But Kieckhefer says the law is not working as intended because it can take weeks or months before a judge signs a commitment order.

His bill would require faster reporting to prevent gun purchases once a petition seeking involuntary commitment is filed.


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Paskahousu - 4/10/2013 1:39 PM
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Sen. Tick Segerblom: Some rights are more important than others? Like innocent until proven guilty!! Let's refuse people the right to drink in an establishment unless they can prove they have a Designated Driver to drive them home, that they do not go home and beat the wife, children, dog or have a history of starting bar fights. That would decrease way more violence and death than the few you could keep from obtaining guns because they are mentally unstable and have been committed by a court order. Let's refuse alcohol to 80% of Americans who are on some sort of antidepressant or anxiety medication which you are not supposed to mix alcohol with. The most common factor in a dangerous police response is alcohol or drug related. Not gun only related. Usually, the gun comes into play while under some type of influence. The majority of people killed by guns are self inflicted, suicide and often related to prescription drugs not being taken properly and mixed with alcohol.

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