A sixth-circuit court has ruled that a federal law prohibiting anyone who has ever been committed to a mental institution from owning a firearm is unconstitutional, reports Courthouse News Service.
The case involved a Michigan man banned from owning a gun because he was committed to a mental institution for a month more than 20 years ago. “A provision in law that bans gun ownership for anyone ‘adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution’ violates the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” reports Bloomberg News.
“We have reviewed scores of opinions… and we do not believe that any other court of appeals in a reasoned opinion has reviewed a firearm restriction as severe as this one – one that forever deprives a law-abiding, non-violent, non-felon of his Second Amendment rights,” Courthouse News Service reports one judge said.
Gun Ban for Mentally Ill Struck Down as Too Broad (Courthouse News Service, December 19, 2014)
Court Says Mental Illness History Won’t Bar Gun Ownership (Bloomberg News, December 19, 2014)