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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill that would temporarily suspend a mentally ill person's gun rights has unanimously cleared a Senate panel.
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday passed the bill (SB 1000) that would authorize a 90-day suspension of the ability to buy or keep a firearm or ammunition and to carry a concealed weapon.
The suspension would be triggered if a person was involuntarily committed for psychological examination and found to be a threat to him- or herself and others. An initial 90-day suspension can be extended if a treating physician or psychologist deems it necessary.
The measure is supported by longtime guns-rights activist Marion Hammer. She is a former National Rifle Association president.