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But while the NRA and the National Shootings Sports Association backs the measure, a different gun group is fiercely opposing it as an attack on the Second Amendment. The National Association of Gun Rights and its South Dakota affiliate, South Dakota Gun Owners, have urged their members to contact lawmakers and lobby for a "no" vote.
Neither group testified Tuesday before the Senate committee.
"I've been deluged with emails, and I'm kind of surprised there's no one here to oppose it," said Sen. Mike Vehle, R Mitchell.
PIERRE Federal law prohibits the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing firearms.
But South Dakotans who are involuntarily committed for being a danger to themselves or others dodge that law. That's because South Dakota doesn't submit lists of the dangerous mentally ill to the federal background check system.
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A similar proposal was shot down last year. But with support this time from the National Rifle Association, it's having better luck this year. If the state Senate approves the bill, it will head to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for a signature.
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Sen. Jeff Monroe, R Pierre, said the rapid growth of mental illness diagnoses in recent decades makes him leery of barring gun purchases because of someone's mental health.
Tuesday, a Senate committee voted 5 2 for a bill to begin filing that mental illness information with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.
The measure would require mental health officials to notify the federal government if someone were involuntarily committed for being a danger to one's self or others. Prosecutors would be required to tell NICS if someone were acquitted of a crime by reason of insanity, or declared unfit to stand trial.
much more cumbersome process of appealing to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
"If we have a veteran who comes home and is dangerously mentally ill and is a danger to themselves or their community, don't we want them to not have easy access to firearms?" Tieszen said.
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"I don't believe we have a problem in South Dakota," Begalka said. "We've gone years without this. I believe we're ostracizing the mentally ill."
Sen. Tim Begalka, R Clear Lake, said he worries that it's too difficult to get off the NICS registry, even with the new system set forth in the proposal. He opposed granting more power to the federal government and worried that some veterans could find themselves unable to buy guns because they seek treatment for PTSD.
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Tieszen, though, said the law is narrow and wouldn't apply to most people with mental health issues.
Several lawmakers found the law concerning.
"To me, it's one of the reasonable, responsible responses we can make to all the issues of gun violence in our society today," said Sen. Craig Tieszen, R Rapid City.
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