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Title: Amends Firearms Regulations
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that defines "assault weapon", prohibits gun ownership for mentally ill individuals, and expands firearms training course requirements, effective October 1, 2013.
- Defines an “assault weapon” as any semiautomatic centerfire rifle, shotgun, or pistol with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds and characteristics including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):
- Folding or telescoping stock;
- Flash suppressor;
- Forward pistol grip; or
- Pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the weapon.
- Authorizes firearm manufacturers to continue production of assault weapons in the state, provided the manufacturer sells the assault weapon out of state (Sec. 1).
- Authorizes an individual to lawfully possess an assault weapon purchased before October 1, 2013, provided the individual registers the assault weapon before January 1, 2014 (Sec. 1).
- Requires handgun license applicants to submit an application with the following requirements to the Secretary of the State Police, including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):
- A fingerprint scan;
- Background check;
- An application fee of $25; and
- Proof of successful completion of an approved firearms training course.
- Requires handgun license applicants to complete a firearms training course that includes the following (Sec. 1):
- Minimum of 4 hours instruction by a qualified handgun instructor;
- Classroom instruction on state firearm law, home firearm safety, handgun mechanisms and operation; and
- A firearm qualification component to demonstrate proficiency and use of the firearm.
- Specifies that a handgun license is valid for 10 years after issuance (Sec. 1).
- Requires shotgun or rifle license applicants to complete the following requirements (Sec. 1):
- A firearms training course as outlined above;
- For the initial application, a minimum of 16 hours of instruction by a qualified instructor; and
- For renewal applications, a minimum of 8 hours of instruction by a qualified instructor.
- Prohibits an individual from receiving a firearm license if the individual (Sec. 1):
- Has been committed involuntarily to a state mental facility;
- Committed voluntarily to a state mental facility for more than 30 consecutive days before October 1, 2013, unless a physician certifies the individual is not a danger to themselves or others;
- Is not subject to a current protection order;
- Has been declared incompetent to stand trial; or
- Was found to be not responsible for a crime by reason of insanity.