Nev. Senators Consider Universal Background Checks

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(photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

(photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A bill requiring universal background checks for gun purchases in Nevada has passed a Senate committee.

The party-line vote Tuesday in the Senate Finance Committee came after family members of Sandy Hook and the Tucson shooting victims held a news conference urging passage of SB221. The bill now heads to the Senate floor.

Democratic Sen. Justin Jones of Las Vegas says the bill’s primary goal is to prevent mentally ill people from getting guns.

Background checks on all private sales would go through federal firearms dealers directly to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System — bypassing the state background system and associated costs.

The bill also requires psychiatrists to report mental health patients who make specific threats.

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