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Lawmakers pass plan limiting mentally ill from owning guns

Illinois lawmakers have approved a measure designed to prevent people with mental disabilities from owning guns.

A proposal sponsored by Democratic Sen. Julie Morrison and Rep. Michael Zalewski strengthens existing law by requiring circuit court clerks to report the names of people a judge deems mentally disabled to the Illinois State Police at least twice a year.

The House overwhelmingly approved the plan on Tuesday. The measure heads to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner next.

Under the existing state law, a person deemed by a judge to have a mental illness could lose his or her gun owner identification card. Morrison said not all counties in the state comply with current...