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State lawmakers discuss mental health and firearms

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At a legislative cracker barrel Saturday law makers discussed whether mental health should be considered when trying to own a gun. House bill 1229 states that an individual who is involuntarily committed to a mental health hospital or is acquitted of a crime due to mental illness may not possess a gun, unless they petition the court for their license back.

The individual would be put in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It is a discussion about safety versus liberty.

Representative Blaine Campbell says that is infringes on citizens' right to own a gun. "Continue, continue until you have no rights, you can call me crazy but that is my belief," said Campbell.

Senator Craig Tieszen says that is about safety. "I would hope that we could agree that dangerously mentally ill people should not have a free path to obtain firearms," said Tieszen.

A hearing on the bill is schedule for Tuesday.

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