Bipartisan Mental Health Bill Goes To Florida Governor Scott's DeskSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 13:10
Bipartisan Mental Health Bill Goes To Florida Governor Scott's Desk
Published Jun 18 2013 | 04:17:33 PM EDT | Updated Jun 18 2013 | 04:25:38 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
A bipartisan gun bill has made its way to the governor’s desk. If signed into law, it will prevent tens of thousands of Floridians from buying firearms, but mental health workers worry the bill will backfire.
”I would think it would be very difficult for the governor not to sign a bill that keeps guns out of the hands of dangerous people with mental illnesses,” said Marion Hammer, of the Nation Rifle Association.
The legislation requires people who volunteer for mental health treatment to give up their gun rights. Mental health professionals want Gov. Rick Scott to veto the legislation.
"We believe in a sense the federal standard is the sound standard, and that is, there needs to be an adjudication,” said John Bryant, of Florida Council for Community Mental Health.