Mental Health Gun Bill Inches Forward in Delaware

Jun 6, 2013


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns is continuing work its way through the legislature.

The bill, considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, establishes a process to keep a person declared by a court to be a danger to himself or others from having access to guns.

The legislation requires mental health providers to call police if they believe a person poses a danger to himself or others. Police would investigate and could then refer the case to the attorney general's office.

The attorney general's office could then ask a judge to prohibit the person from owning or possessing a gun. The judge also could order the seizure of any guns the person owns.