Two more points regarding this bill.
HR297 is introduced as
A Billthen goes on to say:
To improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
and for other purposes.Excuse me?
Why "and for other purposes"?
I thought it was simply to improve the background check system so that those judged as "mentally ill" would be barred from getting a firearm.
What's with "and for other purposes"? Is that standard legal language on a bill? Maybe someone out there can help me understand that part because I'm thinking "possible loophole."
And since McCarthy introduced the bill, I'm inclined to think the "other purposes" means further gun control measures piggybacked onto this bill.
The other point is one a sharp-eyed reader made on Alphecca's post.
In "Section 3. Definitions," the bill says:
(2) MENTAL HEALTH TERMS- The terms `adjudicated as a mental defective', `committed to a mental institution', and related terms have the meanings given those terms in regulations implementing section 922(g)(4) of title 18, United States Code, as in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.But here's section 922(g)(4):
It doesn't say squat!
(g) It shall be unlawful for any person--
(4) who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution...
...to receive any firearm...
The "Mental Health Terms" from HR297 are not elaborated on in that part of the U.S. Code despite the implication that it would. It just says the same thing.
So if "adjudicated as a mental defective" and its related terms aren't even defined, who's going to define them? Who's going to perform the adjudication?
And the bigger question--at least in my mind--will it be unbiased and non-political?
We can only hope.
Again, if there are any legal types out there with a better understanding of language use in this bill, please clue me in. It's possible I'm missing something in my reading.