Gov. Rick Scott signed into law the only gun-related measure of the 2013 session, weathering the protests of gun-rights advocates who inundated his office despite the bill’s backing by the National Rifle Association.
Scott also signed into law 45 other bills Friday, including a measure that would require local governments to allow citizens to speak at meetings and a proposal easing local oversight of charter schools. He vetoed a bill dealing with Pinellas County law enforcement.
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Palm Beach Post staff writer John Kennedy contributed to this story.
The gun bill (HB 1355) aims to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
Current law: Names of people who are involuntarily ordered into treatment under the Baker Act are added to a national database to keep them from purchasing guns. But people who voluntarily agree to treatment, the vast majority of whom receive follow-up care, do not get on the list.
New law: Adds names of people who voluntarily agree to treatment after being hospitalized under the Baker Act to national database, preventing them from purchasing guns.