A set of new gun laws are now in effect in Alabama, including one that would make it more difficult for mentally ill people to legally buy guns.
The new law in the state should align state laws with federal laws that make it illegal for a person who has been involuntarily committed for treatment of a mental illness to buy a gun. Now probate judges are required to report to law enforcement any cases where a person is involuntarily committed. Also, all state judges must now report any person found not guilty of a crime because of mental illness.
Local law enforcement officers say this new law will not keep someone from illegally buying a gun on the street. But it could keep otherwise law abiding people who suffer from mental illness and their family members safer, and keep officers responding to calls from getting hurt, or having to shoot in self defense.