Federal Ban on “Mentally Ill” Owning Guns Struck Down as Too Broad

Rob Wipond
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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)

9 COMMENTS

    • I agree, it is unconstitutional, and unjust. Especially since 85% of schizophrenics are actually people who had initially suffered from traumatic childhood experiences, not “genetic” “chemical imbalances” in their brains – but, of course, once they were put on neuroleptics, they did then develop an iatrogenic “chemical imbalance.” It’s also terribly unjust, since there is zero scientific validity to any of the DSM, so called, “mental illnesses.”

      I hope we, as a “civilized” society, can end the defamation, tranquilization, and torture of millions of our citizens, all based upon a scientifically invalid DSM “bible” of stigmatizations. Our current society will definitely go down in history as one of the worst, thanks in part to today’s psycho / pharmaceutical industries.

      And, wow, how ironic, the same families who funded the Nazis, have taken control of the US government and banking industry. The pieces of the puzzle all come together when you follow the money, don’t they?

  1. You know, these guns and mental illness things always amuse me.Do people seriously believe that we have just been in lying in wait all these years for them to be distracted so we could have legally purchased weapons? First, if you want a gun, I promise you won’t struggle to find one. Second, just because the sane people in America are gun happy, doesn’t mean it haunts the dreams of the rest of us. I believe it is illegal for me to own a handgun in this state. I could really care less outside of the fact that it criminalizes the mentally ill.