TX Bill Gives Police New Authority to Seize Guns in Mental Incidents


The Texas legislature passed a bill giving police would have new authority to take firearms away from people in a mental crisis, reports the Texas Tribune. If signed by Gov. Rick Perry, the bill will allow police to confiscate guns from people who are experiencing a mental health crisis if they determine the person is a danger to themselves or others. The change is one of many suggested in a report by Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit advocacy organization, that called on lawmakers to replace the existing mental health code with one that reflects modern mental health needs. Lt. Michael Lee of the Houston Police Department said the law should spell out what authority officers have in situations where someone is experiencing a mental health crisis and there are weapons in close proximity. The bill also specifies how guns should be returned to their owners.

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