Tightening Gun Restrictions for People With Mental Health Issues

May 8, 2013

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is eyeing a bill that expands the ability of authorities in Delaware to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.

The legislation before the Health and Human Development Committee on Wednesday is aimed at ensuring that people deemed a danger to themselves or others don't have access to guns.

Under current law, a person who has been committed to a hospital or mental health institution for a mental disorder can be prohibited from possessing a gun.

Lawmakers want to expand the mental health prohibition to include individuals deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. Criminal defendants found guilty but mentally ill, not guilty by reason of insanity, or incompetent to stand trial also would be prohibited from having guns.