By Randall Chase, Associated Press 6:34pm, May 8, 2013 - Updated 10:53pm, May 8, 2013
Legislative Hall~WDEL FileA bill expanding the ability of authorities in Delaware to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns is on its way to the state House for a vote.
The Health and Human Development Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to release the bill, which is aimed at ensuring that people deemed a danger to themselves or others don't have access to guns.
Under current law, a person who has been committed to a hospital or mental health institution for a mental disorder can be prohibited from possessing a gun.
The bill expands the mental health prohibition to include individuals deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. Criminal defendants found guilty but mentally ill, not guilty by reason of insanity, or incompetent to stand trial also would be prohibited.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.