A state senator has submitted a bill that would make it easier for someone who has recovered from a mental illness to carry a firearm.
Senate Bill 288, sponsored by Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, also would more narrowly restrict the types of mental incompetency findings that must be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. If the law is passed, it would become effective Oct. 1.
Adults that have been determined to lack the capacity to manage their own affairs “due to marked subnormal intelligence, mental illness or incompetency” are not allowed by law to own a firearm.
The bill would allow individuals to petition for removal from mental incompetency/disability listings attached to the national criminal background check.
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