A proposal to change Georgia's gun laws would close one loophole potentially allowing mentally ill people to purchase firearms. Still, state judges are concerned the proposal could open another gap allowing mentally ill people to carry guns.
The State House has approved legislation allowing people who have voluntarily sought inpatient treatment for mental illness or substance abuse to get gun licenses. Andrew Johnson with the state Department of Behavioral Health, says his agency hasn’t taken a stand on the bill. But he says the proposal would require a judge to review cases where someone has been ordered into out-patient treatment.