AG Alan Wilson To Support Law Tightening Mentally Ill's Access to Guns

Legislation co-sponsored by Leon Stavrinakis.

At a Tuesday press conference in the Statehouse lobby, Attorney General Alan Wilson joined legislators and businessmen in supporting legislation that would require the national criminal database to include the names of mentally disturbed people. The database is used by gun dealers to run background checks.

The legislation, which has not yet been filed, was co-sponored Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (D-119) yesterday.

Stavrinakis drew up the bill after an incident earlier this month where a woman with a long history of mental illness pointed a gun at a staff member of Ashley Hall school. 

"We are not trying to change laws. We are trying to enforce laws already in place," Stavrinakis said today.

Wilson, who reminded the assembled media that he is a member of the NRA, emphasized that the bill was not about gun control. "This is not a gun restriction law. It is a reporting law," Wilson said.

At the federal level, Sen. Lindsey Graham also offered legislation that would limit the mentally ill's access to firearms. He too referenced the Ashley Hall incident.

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Joe February 20, 2013 at 05:14 PM
This is bull, this is an assault on gun laws,every person who ever goes to counseling or is on a med will be denied a gun permit!
Joe February 20, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Mental illness is no different then diabetes, it is a physical condition!
stanley seigler February 20, 2013 at 06:42 PM
then let make it illegal for diabetics to own guns...which is consistent with joe's misconception/mis direction re gun control... surely he knows better and is just reaching for straws to misdirect the gun control argument... of course AG wilson and legislator support of bills that would require the national criminal database to include the names of mentally disturbed people, is also a distraction... STOP the bs! tell the NRA to stuff it!. pass common sense gun control!!! gawd how can we waste so much time on distractions...why do we let lobbyists like the NRA mislead us...we cant be that stupid...well guess we are...


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