Panel approves free gun background check bill with changes

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada legislative committee has passed a widely supported bill allowing for free background checks on gun sales after amending it to eliminate Clark County's handgun registration requirement.

Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve SB240, which is sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson.

The bill prohibits mentally ill convicts from owning a gun and removes a $35 fee for background checks on private gun sales. It also criminalizes the practice of buying a gun for another person who can't legally obtain a firearm.

Republican committee chairman Ira Hansen proposed an amendment to the measure that would eliminate Clark County's requirement for handgun owners to register their gun with police.

The measure passed unanimously out of the Senate in April.

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