Gun Control

Circuit court casts doubt on mental illness, firearm prohibition

Wednesday, September 28, 2016Clifford Tyler was briefly involuntarily committed in 1985, following a bout of severe depression arising from an emotional divorce from a marriage of 23 years. In 2011, Tyler attempted to purchase a gun. Despite having no subsequent diagnosis or documented…

New Hampshire to begin reporting certain mental health records to national firearm database

Thursday, August 4, 2016An announcement from New Hampshire that the state will begin complying with federal mental health reporting requirements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is raising concerns from disability advocates. Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, people…

Obama Administration proposes new firearm restrictions for Social Security disability beneficiaries

Monday, May 16, 2016The Obama Administration released a draft proposal on April 28 of a controversial new initiative to expand the Social Security Administration’s obligations for reporting people with disabilities to the federal firearm database. The Gun Control Act of 1968 bars people…

Bill seeks to expand Second Amendment due process protections for Social Security disability recipients, veterans

Wednesday, April 27, 2016Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced new legislation April 14 to block a controversial Obama Administration proposal to impose new firearm restrictions on recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, as well as create new procedural safeguards aiming…

Georgia removes names of hundreds of people with mental illness from federal gun database

Friday, January 15, 2016The state of Georgia declined to submit the names of almost 500 previously involuntarily committed individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in 2015, despite no court order or doctor’s evaluation determining they were capable of responsibly owning…

Obama Administration clarifies HIPAA rules for firearm reporting

Wednesday, January 13, 2016The Department of Health and Human Services released new regulations January 6 that seek to clarify the applicability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when states submit names of people with mental illness to the federal firearm database.…

Obama gun safety executive order draws negative reviews from disability advocates

Tuesday, January 12, 2016Disability rights groups expressed deep concern over President Obama’s new gun safety executive order, calling its focus on people with mental illness unfairly stigmatizing and overreaching. “People with mental illness are responsible for less than five percent of violence, and…

Bill proposes major changes to firearms laws for people with mental illness

Tuesday, August 18, 2015A new NRA-backed bill, introduced August 8, would encourage states to expand their reporting of mental health records to the federal firearms database, while simultaneously expanding Second Amendment protections for many people with mental illness. Under the Gun Control…

Obama Administration looks to limit gun access for Social Security beneficiaries

Friday, July 31, 2015The Los Angeles Times reported July 18 that the Obama Administration is working on a new proposal that would restrict Second Amendment rights for people receiving Social Security disability benefits who are unable to manage their own finances. Under Social…

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