August 29, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill that would trigger faster reporting to prevent people suffering from mental illness to obtain guns is up for a hearing before a Nevada legislative committee.
SB277 is sponsored by Republican Sen. Ben Kieckhefer (KEY'-keh-fer) of Reno.
He says a lot of people diagnosed with mental health problems aren't being included in a national database used to check the backgrounds of gun buyers.
His bill to be heard Tuesday would require reporting of anyone who's been named in a petition for involuntary commitment, regardless if they are hospitalized against their will.
Kieckhefer says court-ordered, involuntary commitments are low, even though patients often are hospitalized for weeks during the judicial process. Under existing law, unless a court signs an involuntary commitment, that person's name is not included in the registry.
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