April 2, 2004 at 4:39 PM EST - Updated June 26 at 11:23 PM
Judges who rule people mentally incompetent and mental hospitals that accept patients who have been involuntarily admitted will be required to send the information to the Ohio Attorney General's office for mental health checks on concealed weapons permits.
The new law, which goes into effect Thursday, bars people committed to mental health centers by courts or committed against their will by family or guardians from getting permits. The proposal was forwarded to a legislative agency that sets rules for pending laws.
The rules specify that a person involuntarily committed to a mental hospital only for observation is exempt from the ban. Karen Cincione, a lawyer representing the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health Care providers, says the rules may differ with federal disclosure rules.