Gun reporting bill goes to governor

The Louisiana House gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a measure aimed at the state doing a better job of reporting to a national database the names of residents prohibited from possessing a firearm.

House Bill 717, which deals with some residents with mental health issues, now heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk for signing into law.

Similar legislation, Senate Bill 135 sponsored by state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, went to Jindal’s desk on Monday.

HB717, sponsored by state Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, requires the Louisiana Supreme Court to file information submitted by clerks of court to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Involved would be: a verdict of acquittal by reason of insanity for certain crimes; a court determination that a person does not have the mental capacity to proceed with a criminal trial for certain crimes; a court order finding a person dangerous to self or others and requiring that a person be involuntarily committed to an inpatient mental health treatment facility; and a court order prohibiting a person from possessing a firearm or restricting a person in the use of a firearm.

The legislation also contains a provision for restoration of firearm rights.

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