Right to Bear Arms

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…

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

Friday, January 15, 2016
Georgia Declines to Submit Names to NICS
The 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…

New York’s no-gun list for people with mental illness expands dramatically

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
No-Gun List Grows
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, New York State passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, requiring mental health professionals to report potentially dangerous patients for the purposes of creating a new database restricting…

Professor proposes plan to reduce firearm-related suicides

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Right to Bear Arms
In a new law journal article, University of Alabama Law Professor Frederick Vars lays out an innovative proposal to reduce firearm-related suicides by people with severe mental illness or who are otherwise contemplating ending their…