Lawmaker wants mental health evaluations for concealed weapons applicants

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A Riviera Beach representative filed a bill in the Florida House of Representatives that would require a mental health evaluation for people applying for a concealed weapons permit.

Democratic Rep. Al Jacquet filed HB 117 on Sept. 5 and, if passed, would be effective July 1, 2020.

According to the bill, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall issue a license if the applicant does not have a history of repeat violence and has undergone a mental health evaluation conducted by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist and has been determined to be competent and of sound mind.