A new bill introduced Wednesday in California aims to keep guns away from those who are suicidal.
Because there’s no way to prove someone wants to commit suicide, they would have to voluntarily give up their right to bear arms.
As Fox News reports, Democratic Representative Rob Bonta is behind AB1927, which the bill’s author says is designed to prevent people with suicidal thoughts or the intent to hurt themselves from purchasing guns.
But, as Bonta told the San Francisco Chronicle, people contemplating suicide would have to provide their names to the state officials processing background checks before a gun is purchased. With their name on the list, they would then be unable to legally buy a gun. If at some point they decided that they are no longer suicidal, those who have voluntarily relinquished their Second Amendment rights can have their names removed from the list if they can demonstrate that they are free of suicidal thoughts.
Bonta maintains that Californians who kill themselves with a gun commonly do so within days of obtaining one. He cited documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that say self-inflicted gun shot wounds accounted for more than 1,000 suicides in 2015.
by David Krayden