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Nevada Senate Advances Gun Bills

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have endorsed two bills restricting access to firearms for mentally ill people when it is determined they are a danger to themselves or others.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed both bills Thursday.

SB221, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Justin Jones of Las Vegas, mandates universal background checks for all gun transactions with some exceptions.

It also requires courts to transmit findings of mental defect to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System within five business days to ensure mentally ill people cannot purchase a gun immediately after a court ruling.

A bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Ben Kieckhefer of Reno takes away the gun rights of someone if a court appointed psychiatrist recommends they be committed to the state mental health system.

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