The Hill: Dems targeting mentally ill gun owners

Tim Devaney for The Hill reports:

Democrats are renewing efforts to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill after a string of recent mass shootings.

The Safer Communities Act, introduced Thursday by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), would temporarily prohibit people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health institution from purchasing or possessing a gun.

The legislation also takes steps to strengthen the nation’s mental health system.

….Police could temporarily take away guns from people who were recently released from mental health institutions if there is “probable cause to believe [they] pose an imminent risk of harm to self or others,” the lawmakers wrote.

The mentally ill would also be temporarily prohibited from purchasing new guns after they are released.

They would be eligible to petition to get their guns back one year after they are released.

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