Bill allows people to annul mental health records

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire House panel is holding a hearing on a Senate proposal to allow people barred from buying guns due to a mental health record to have those records expunged from the federal background check system if they can prove to a judge they're capable of owning a firearm.

Wednesday's Judiciary Committee hearing is on a bill to allow people to petition to have their names and mental health information removed from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Federal law bars people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility or declared mentally ill by a judge from legally buying guns from licensed dealers.

The bill sets up a process to petition the court to remove the information if they are no longer under guardianship, involuntary treatment or involuntary commitment.

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