Georgia bill proposes voluntary 'do not sell' list for firearms

In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo, handguns are displayed in the sales area of Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range in Sandy Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

This story was updated March 4th at 1:00PM.

Dubbed Donna’s Law, a proposed measure would allow for a voluntary do-not-sell firearms list that anyone with suicidal ideations can opt-in to to protect themselves.

Three other states — Utah, Washington and Virginia — have passed similar legislation. 

Chelsea Piatt is with the Georgia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and joined “All Things Considered” to discuss how this law could save lives.

She said the law is named for Donna Nathan, who suffered from bipolar disorder for 30 years and voluntarily admitted herself to psychiatric treatment facilities to protect herself.

In 2018, Nathan googled “gun stores,” drove to one, purchased a gun and shot herself, ending her life.

The bill has been assigned to the Public Safety Committee chaired by state Sen. John Albers. The committee is currently scheduled to meet on March 6.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.