Originally posted on CBS New York:

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey State Assembly panel on Wednesday approved measures on mental illness and guns, despite protests from some opponents that the state’s gun laws are already too restrictive.

One bill approved by the Law and Public Safety Committee Wednesday would require the state to submit certain mental health records to a national background check system. Another would permit mental health professionals to alert authorities of patients deemed a threat to themselves and authorities could then seize those patients’ firearms; and a third measure would disqualify anyone on a federal terrorist watch list from obtaining firearms.

The committee also sent to the full Assembly a bill exempting firearms records from New Jersey’s public disclosure requirements, which passed unanimously and faced no opposing testimony.

The vote before the Assembly is scheduled for Feb. 21.

Several dozen opponents said the bills make it harder for law-abiding gun owners…

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