California as National Model?

Posted: March 13, 2013 in Fire Arms

While it seems reasonable on it’s face to preclude anyone with a mental health occurrence from possessing a fire arm, I would think there might be some seriously questionable circumstances surrounding it. Some people can have an attack of grief so severe that it temporarily renders them incompetent. Lots of young people have episodes of volatility that pass with maturity. Also, people can have you committed if you’re having a momentary melt-down.  Now, if we are talking literally a “history” of mental illness, or a serious malady that requires anti-psychotic drugs for management, that could qualify as grounds for restraint, but that isn’t set forth in CA.

Read the following article for yourself and see what you think about it. Being served with a restraining order is enough to qualify one for disqualification of firearms possession….Biden is cited as looking at this California law as a national model.

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg
California Department of Justice police agents walk towards a house near Ontario, California on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The agents, working for the only state-level program to confiscate illegal firearms from owners, targeted people who’d once legally purchased firearms and lost the right after being convicted of violent crimes, committed to mental institutions or hit with restraining orders.

Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying 40-caliber Glock pistols, nine California Justice Department agents assembled outside a ranch-style house in a suburb east of Los Angeles. They were looking for a gun owner who’d recently spent two days in a mental hospital.

They knocked on the door and asked to come in. About 45 minutes later, they came away peacefully with three firearms.

California is the only state that tracks and disarms people with legally registered guns who have lost the right to own them, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Almost 20,000 gun owners in the state are prohibited from possessing firearms, including convicted felons, those under a domestic violence restraining order or deemed mentally unstable.

“What do we do about the guns that are already in the hands of persons who, by law, are considered too dangerous to possess them?” Harris said in a letter to Vice President Joe Biden after a Connecticut school shooting in December left 26 dead. She recommended that Biden, heading a White House review of gun policy, consider California as a national model.

(full article here)

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