S. 480: NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013

Mar 06, 2013
Referred to Committee
1% chance of being enacted
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Lindsey Graham
Senior Senator from South Carolina
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Introduced Mar 06, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 06, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...

7% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

A bill to improve the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by clarifying reporting requirements related to adjudications of mental incompetency, and for other purposes.


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9 cosponsors (7R, 2D) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013 - Amends federal firearms provisions to define a person who has been adjudicated mentally incompetent or who has been committed to a psychiatric hospital as a person who is the subject of an order or finding issued by a court, board, commission, or other adjudicative body (after a hearing of which the person received actual notice and at which the person had an opportunity to participate with counsel) that found that the person, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, mental impairment, or mental illness:
(1) was an imminent danger to himself or others,
(2) was guilty but mentally ill in a criminal case,
(3) was not guilty in a criminal case by reason of insanity or mental disease or defect,
(4) was incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case,
(5) was not guilty only by reason of lack of mental responsibility under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,
(6) required involuntary inpatient treatment by a psychiatric hospital,
(7) required involuntary outpatient treatment by a psychiatric hospital based on a finding that the person was an imminent danger to himself or others, or
(8) required involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital for any reason, including drug use.
(1) a person who is in a psychiatric hospital for observation or due to a voluntary admission, and
(2) an order or finding that has expired, that has been set aside or expunged, or that is no longer applicable.
Defines "psychiatric hospital" to include a mental health facility, mental hospital, sanitarium, psychiatric facility, and any other facility that provides diagnoses by licensed professionals of mental retardation or mental illness, including a psychiatric ward in a general hospital.
(1) the sale or other disposition of a firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person has been adjudicated mentally incompetent (currently, mental defective) or has been committed to a psychiatric hospital (currently, to any mental institution); and
(2) the shipment, transport, or possession in interstate or foreign commerce of a firearm or ammunition by, or the receipt of a firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in such commerce by, any such person.
Makes conforming amendments to the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.

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