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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 Florida Legislature is trying to clean up the mess left by Congress with a bill seeking to keep guns away from people with mental illnesses.
A bill seeking to strengthen the ban on firearm sales to mentally ill people overwhelmingly passed the Florida House on Wednesday, though it still needs Senate approval.
The National Rifle Association is backing a bill that it says will close a big loophole in the law that affects countless people, but it has nothing to do with universal background checks.