Nev. Bill Targets Mental Health, Background Checks - 8 News NOW

Nev. Bill Targets Mental Health, Background Checks

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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 this session dealing with guns and mental health.

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

It also would require courts within five 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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