Senator Begich Calls For Tighter Gun Control For Mentally Ill

Senator Begich announced today he’s working with the NRA and mental health community to tighten gun ownership laws for the mentally ill.


Begich said the move will “help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people without stigmatizing the mentally ill or taking away individual rights.”


Under current law, certain mental incompetency adjudications don’t have to be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).


Begich’s legislation, named the NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013 would apply to people judged by an adjuctive body, such as a federal court, to be:

·         an imminent danger to themselves or others;

·         found guilty but mentally ill in a criminal case;

·         was not guilty in a criminal case by reason of insanity or mental disease or defect;

·         was incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case;

·         was not guilty only by reason of lack of mental responsibility under the Uniform Code of Military Justice;

·         required involuntary inpatient treatment by a psychiatric hospital;

·         required involuntary outpatient treatment by a psychiatric hospital based on a finding that the person is an imminent danger to himself or to others; and

·         required involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital for any reason including drug use.

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