Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fincher's Latest Gun Law

State Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville has now gotten a bill passed that allows officials to send the FBI a list of the people who should not be issued a gun carry permit because they are mentally ill. Under current law, even mentally ill people who have been involuntarily committed to institutions as a danger to themselves or others can go to a gun store on the day of their release, pass the background check and walk out with a firearm. That's because Tennessee doesn't currently send their names to the FBI's national instant background check system. Under Fincher's bill, Tennessee will send to the FBI the names of anyone deemed mentally ill by a court in this state.