Republican-backed bill removes fee on gun background checks

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Republicans are presenting a bill that would expand gun sale background checks.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson is sponsoring SB240, which was heard Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill prohibits mentally ill convicts from owning a gun and removes the $35 fee for background checks for private gun sales. The bill also criminalizes the practice of buying a gun for another person and beefs up reporting requirements on criminal history and mental illness.

Roberson said the bill would keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill without infringing on constitutional rights.

Several gun rights groups and a lobbyist for gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety testified for the bill.

A separate measure mandating background checks on gun purchases will appear on the 2016 ballot.

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