Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lawmaker Offers Bill to Keep Guns from Mentally Ill, Felons

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lawmaker Offers Bill to Keep Guns from Mentally Ill, Felons

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CHICAGO * An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at ensuring that dangerous mentally ill people and anyone convicted of felonies or domestic violence don't have guns.

The bill submitted Friday by Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, also would ban people on the FBI's terrorist watch list from getting firearms, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I hope that people would agree that folks who are severely mentally ill and folks that are on a terrorist watch list ought not to be owning weapons," Harris said. "I think that just makes sense."

Illinois already has laws that ban some mentally ill people and felons from owning guns. But Harris noted that an October Sun-Times investigation found the law had done little to take firearms from those people. …

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