Panel Would Study Gun Restrictions On Mentally Ill

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- A panel would study how to restrict the mentally ill from having firearms in Colorado under a bill introduced by in the state House.

The proposal introduced Friday from Democratic Rep. Beth McCann would establish a bipartisan panel of lawmakers, mental health professionals, and firearm experts to meet and issue a report to the Colorado Legislature by January 2015.

It's a significant departure from what McCann was considering.

She quickly pulled a proposal last week that would have allowed psychologists to refer individuals to the national background check system to prohibit them from having firearms.

That proposal was criticized as potentially violating due-process rights.

McCann says she wanted to take a more careful approach with her latest bill.

It was prompted by the suburban Denver theater shooting. The suspect had been seeing a university psychologist.

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