California bill would let residents at risk of suicide bar themselves from buying guns

California bill would let residents at risk of suicide bar themselves from buying guns
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A California bill introduced this week would allow residents to self-report themselves as potentially suicidal in order to bar themselves from buying a gun.

The reports would be confidential and voluntary, SFGate reported. People who submitted their names would be prevented from purchasing a gun from licensed dealers.

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A person could get their name taken off the list through a process involving a court hearing.

“We know suicide can be an impulsive decision that most survivors regret,” Assemblyman Rob Bonta, who introduced the bill, said in a statement.

“Guns are lethal and, unfortunately, rarely allow for second chances."

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in 2015, 1,051 people in California used guns to commit suicide.

Ari Freilich of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence voiced support for the legislation.

“We support legislation that would empower people struggling with suicidal urges to promote their own health and safety in moments of calm and clarity by voluntarily adding their names to confidential gun background-check databases for a temporary period,” Freilich said.