Gun reporting bill passes

The state House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved final passage of a bill that require clerks of court to report to the Louisiana Supreme Court the names and other identifying information of adults who are banned from possessing a firearm.

Convicted felons; defendants found not guilty be reason of insanity; people who lack the mental capacity to stand trial; and people who are involuntarily committed to an inpatient mental health treatment facility are prohibited from owning firearms.

Senate Bill 135, sponsored by state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, would require clerks to submit the information within 10 business days of a defendants case being resolved by conviction, order of involuntary commitment or otherwise.

SB135 provides that those restricted from owning a firearm can file a petition and attend a court hearing to have their gun rights restored in applicable cases.

The bill passed on a 98-0 vote.