Suffolk plan to check psych patients' gun licenses moves forward

Legislators on Suffolk's Public Safety Committee unanimously approved Legislators on Suffolk's Public Safety Committee unanimously approved a measure Thursday directing Suffolk police to check the names and addresses of those involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment against pistol permit registries. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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Legislators on Suffolk's Public Safety Committee unanimously approved a measure Thursday directing Suffolk police to check the names and addresses of those involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment against pistol permit registries.

The measure, proposed by Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) in response to the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., is expected to go before the full county legislature at Tuesday's meeting in Riverhead.

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"What this bill aims to do is connect the dots," Hahn said.

Suffolk police began requiring officers to cross-check the involuntary psychiatric patients against the department's registry of 33,379 handgun permits after Hahn filed her resolution earlier this month.

, the Health Committee unanimously approved a measure sponsored by Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport) that would launch a countywide public education campaign about side effects associated with energy drinks, but tabled a measure that would ban the distribution of energy drink samples to minors.

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