Nev. bill targets mental health, background checks

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Updated: 3/07/2013 6:02 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A bill requiring universal background checks to purchase a firearm and faster reporting of people suffering with mental illness into a federal database was introduced Thursday in the Nevada Senate, the same day Congress began debate on bills restricting firearms.

SB221, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Justin Jones of Las Vegas is the first of several bills expected dealing with the issue of guns and mental health.

The measure seeks to require universal background checks for ownership transfer of a firearm.

It also would require courts within three days to forward to the state criminal history repository information on anyone involuntarily committed or found mentally incompetent to stand trial. The same would hold true for people acquitted by reason of insanity or who enter a plea of guilty but mentally ill.


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sylviaavila - 3/8/2013 11:14 AM
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It's a nice way of putting it. But true inmates are running the asylum,unfortunallty that is all we have.No common sense by our elected officials seems to be the norm. Yes, it's a Mental Health Issue. We need very strict backround checks in regards to mental health and guns. Sylvia

desertrat - 3/7/2013 6:09 PM
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Ah, the inmates run the asylum again. Nevada has a poor record for dealing with mental health issues; the preferred solution is to stack those in need like cord-wood in institutions while still minimally helping their charges. All the terms being [dis]cussed on the federal level have no means of someone that was committed to regain their civil rights. I sincerely doubt the Nevada bill(s) contain much to address regaining post commitment rights, particularly in a manner that is affordable to the appellant. The state can't get General & Special Education issues right, so how will they magically get it together for mental health?

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