Bill hastens curbing gun rights of mentally ill

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada state senator says buying a gun is not a fundamental right and due process may need to be sacrificed if it means keeping guns out of the hands of people who are dangerously mentally ill.

Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas says gun rights are less important than some other rights.

His comments Tuesday came as Republican Sen. Ben Kieckhefer of Reno presented SB277 to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

Current law prohibits people who are involuntarily committed from purchasing firearms. But Kieckhefer says the law is not working as intended because it can take weeks or months before a judge signs a commitment order.

His bill would require faster reporting to prevent gun purchases once a petition seeking involuntary commitment is filed.

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