TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - U.S. Representative Martha McSally has introduced legislation that would help prevent mentally ill individuals from obtaining firearms, while expanding funding for the identification and treatment of mental illness.
"This bill has bipartisan support and puts forward solutions that can actually make a difference," said McSally in a phone interview with Tucson News Now, on Thursday.
McSally said the bill is endorsed by a wide range of groups including the National Rifle Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the National Association of Police Organizations.
"Preventing gun violence in our communities is something we all want, but too often, Democrats and Republicans end up just talking past each other," McSally said. "It helps prevent mentally ill individuals from obtaining firearms by providing incentives to strengthen our background check system while empowering communities to better treat and identify mental illness. If we want results, we'll have to work together on areas of common ground, and this bill is a great example of that.
McSally stressed the bill is a very comprehensive one, addressing many aspects of mental health.
Titled the "Mental Health and Safe Communities Act," the bill aims to strengthen federal programs related to mental health in the criminal justice system by improving the background check system, enhancing the ability of families and communities to identify mental illness, improving treatment for mental illness,and strengthening responses to mental health crises.
In a press release sent by her office, Sallie Badger, the wife of the late Bill Badger, who helped stop the Jan. 8th shooter in Tucson said, "Bill was about bringing both sides together and showing that this is an issue we can be united on, and I'm glad to see Martha carrying on his work in that spirit."
To read the main bullet points of the comprehensive Mental Health and Safe communities Act, click HERE: http://tucsonne.ws/1FVMypn