State of New York Declares at Least 275 Gun Owners as “Mentally Unstable”

December 10 2014
by GSL Staff
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It looks like that whole “registration leads to confiscation” thing might just have some truth to it (as if we didn’t know that).

According to Fox News:

New York State’s tough new SAFE Act gun control law has flagged 278 gun owners who could lose their weapons because they have been deemed mentally unstable, a new report shows.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged lawmakers to pass the SAFE Act quickly after the 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reported last week that since the law’s enactment, the state has collected 38,718 names in a database of individuals who have been found at-risk for owning guns by psychiatrists and other health professionals.

The paper said when the database was checked against a list of pistol permit holders in the state, there were 278 matches, less than 1 percent.

I think we can agree that people who are truly, certifiably insane should not own firearms, I would be curious to know why these people are having their Second Amendment rights essentially revoked. It seems a slippery slope to use private records to strip people of their rights. How long until taking any anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication is enough to revoke your gun rights in New York?

Also, encouraging therapists and doctors to “turn in” their patients and have their firearms confiscated might discourage people who truly need help from seeking it.

I don’t pretend to have all of the answers in the gun rights vs mental health debate, but I think it’s important to ask questions at each step in the process.

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