Gun safety bills have House hearings

Employing a seldom used rule, two gun safety bills had hearings this week in the House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee, despite opposition from the Republican chair of the committee.

The first bill allows law officers and family members to ask the court to issue an order prohibiting a person from possessing firearms if they pose “a significant danger of bodily injury to self or to other persons by possessing a firearm.” Orders can last from six months to two years. The bill was laid on the table. (HF1605)

The second bill calls for universal background checks for all gun buyers between private parties — including internet sales between states — which currently require no background check. Transfers between immediate family members are exempt. Debate on the bill was cut short by a motion by a Republican member to lay the bill on the table. No further action was taken. (SF 1261)