SD panel rejects bill denying guns to some

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A narrowly divided South Dakota House committee has rejected a bill that sought to keep guns out of the hands of people found to be mentally ill and a danger to others.

The Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-5 to defeat the measure.

The bill sought to prevent people from buying or possessing guns if they had been involuntarily committed for mental illness treatment and found to be a danger to others.

The measure's main sponsor, House Democratic Leader Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton, says the names of those people would have been sent to a national database that is checked when someone seeks to buy a gun. He says many other states already send that information to the national database.

Opponents say the measure would not make society safer.

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