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Thread: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    There of course would have to be some reasonable level of incompetency set by mental health experts. I don't buy your argument about the 2nd Amendment here however as nowhere in there does it say the mentally ill shall be part of the well-regulated militia.
    The Constitution is not a document of what the government can do, but what it can't. As the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed, you can't really stop mentally ill people from getting guns. That doesn't mean we can't create checks and balances to monitor them more closely.

    Again, this would not have prevented the Sandy Hook killing. The gun used was not owned by the individual in question.

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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    The Constitution is not a document of what the government can do, but what it can't. As the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed, you can't really stop mentally ill people from getting guns. That doesn't mean we can't create checks and balances to monitor them more closely.

    Again, this would not have prevented the Sandy Hook killing. The gun used was not owned by the individual in question.

    It is already unlawful for the FFL gun dealers to sell guns to the mentally defective, and it has never been challenged in court for being an infringement of 2nd Amendment rights:

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    "Under 18 U.S.C. § 922(d), it is unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person “has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution.”

    Possession of a Firearm by the Mentally Ill
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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    17 yes
    Its OK for the mentally sick to own guns
    Is our society itself sick ??
    Scary...

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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    No, but with the caveat that they actually are declared mentally ill, not just seeing a psychiatrist or in therapy or even have a random diagnosis. I think safeguards need to be put in place so that people who aren't likely to be a danger aren't restricted in their rights because of other people's fears and/or what some others similar to them may have done. An official diagnosis that they are a danger to others would be necessary.
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