Gun Control Law Passed

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On Capitol Hill, the House has passed what could be the first major federal gun control law in over a decade.

The bill would improve state reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The system is used to stop gun purchases by criminals and those deemed mentally ill.

The gunman behind the recent Virginia Tech shootings was ordered to undergo outpatient mental health treatment. He should have been barred from buying the two guns he used, but the state of Virginia never forwarded his information to the National Background Check System.

The National Rifle Association said the bill is not a gun control bill, because it does not disqualify anyone currently able to legally purchase a firearm.

"I think its a great thing. People going to be checked more thorough and that way its going to keep the guns out of the hands of the wrong people," says Rick Bruce.

Bruce has been a licensed gun carrier for close to a decade.

He says while he's never encountered a mentally ill gun carrier but it's still a frightening thought that a gun can fall into the wrong hands.

"It is scary that there's been a little bit of lapse, a little bit of lack of checking backgrounds on these people," admits Bruce.

Right now, Kentucky has a pretty extensive background check policy for want-to-be gun owners.

In Kentucky, when a person gets a Concealed Carry permit, there's actually 5 background checks that are done, not just one. There's four more done when you actually buy a gun," says Concealed Carry Instructor, Deborah Williams.

While the application process asks about your background, Bruce says it doesn't get into specifics.

"Its asks lots of questions but it never really got into any real depth like talking about mental background, it just used some vague questions," says Bruce.

He says he's in favor of the new bill because its not a gun control measure that will affect his ability to carry a gun.

Bruce's optimistic that this legislative measure will keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill individuals.

Yet, he's knows this won't eliminate the problems.

The bill, which has the support of both conservatives and liberals, will now head to the Senate's chambers for its approval.

To see a full copy of the House Bill, click here and for a response from the NRA president, be sure to click here.