Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:45am
Gun measure dealing with mental health issues passes House
The Delaware House passes a bill that would help keep guns out of the hands of those deemed a danger to themselves or others.
The bill would expand the mental health prohibition to include those found guilty but mentally ill, not guilty by reason of insanity and those found incompetent to stand trial.
It would also allow mental health professionals to notify law enforcement if they believe a patient is a danger to themselves or others. If a judge agrees with that assessment, the person would be added to the prohibited list shared with the national background check system.
It would also give the court the authority to order people prohibited by the legislation to relinquish guns or ammunition to law enforcement or private citizens not living with them.
The bill goes to the Senate.
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