TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – A House bill aimed at keeping people with mental illness from getting their hands on guns is on its way to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.
The bill (HB 1355), which was supported by gun rights advocates, was unanimously approved in the Senate on Tuesday. The measure easily cleared the House earlier.
The measure seeks to close a loophole to guard against gun purchases by people with mental illness. It deals with people who voluntarily admit themselves for treatment, then check out. At that point, they are able to obtain weapons.
Under the bill, their names would be put into state and national databases to prevent them from buying guns.
The bill has emerged as the most prominent gun-related bill to come up during the 60-day legislative session that wraps up Friday.
The long-awaited vote on a gun reform plan in the U.S. Senate has been scheduled for Wednesday and is expected to fail to garner the 60 votes needed to pass meaningful legislation in the Senate.
The Florida Senate on Thursday passed a trio of bills, two of which now go to the governor, that expand citizens’ guns rights.