TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Senate has passed a bill aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people with mental illness.
Gun-rights advocates endorsed the bill, which heads to Gov. Rick Scott after clearing the Senate on a 38-0 vote Tuesday. The measure easily cleared the House earlier.
The bill (HB 1355) has emerged as the most prominent gun-related bill to come up during the 60-day legislative session that wraps up Friday.
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.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.