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Florida Senate panel OKs bill to keep guns from mentally ill
TALLAHASSEE — A Senate panel has unanimously cleared a bill that would suspend a mentally ill person's gun rights. The Judiciary committee today approved the bill (SB 1000) that applies to people who qualify for involuntary mental-health treatment but decide voluntarily to go into treatment. Their names would be put into state and national databases to prevent them from buying guns. The person's concealed-weapon license also can be withheld or revoked. A patient would have to be found to be a threat to themselves and others. The measure is supported by longtime guns-rights activist Marion Hammer. She is a former National Rifle Association president.