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Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. Revmitchell

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    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati deemed a law unconstitutional that kept a Michigan man who was committed to a mental institution from owning a gun.

    The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal ban on gun ownership for those who have been committed to a mental institution violated the Second Amendment rights of 73-year-old Clifford Charles Tyler.

    Tyler attempted to buy a gun and was denied on the grounds that he had been committed to a mental institution in 1986 after suffering emotional problems stemming from a divorce. He was only in there for a month.

    Tyler’s lawyer, Lucas McCarthy, hopes that the ruling would have a “significant impact on the jurisprudence in the area of gun rights.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/12/19/us-appeals-court-deems-gun-law-unconstitutional/
     
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    Nope-----I can't say that I've ever been committed to any mental institution!!:laugh::laugh::laugh:

    Recommended there by my wife??? SURE!!! But never committed!!!
     
  3. Revmitchell

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    In the first legal ruling of its type, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Thursday deemed unconstitutional a federal law that kept a Michigan man who was briefly committed to a mental institution decades ago from owning a gun.

    A three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the federal ban on gun ownership for anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution” violated the Second Amendment rights of Clifford Charles Tyler, a 73-year-old Hillsdale County man.

    “The government’s interest in keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill is not sufficiently related to depriving the mentally healthy, who had a distant episode of commitment, of their constitutional rights,” wrote Judge Danny Boggs, an appointee of President Ronald Reagan, for the panel.

    Lucas McCarthy, Mr. Tyler’s lawyer, called the ruling “a forceful decision to protect Second Amendment rights,” and said he hoped it that it would have “a significant impact on the jurisprudence in the area of gun rights.”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-appeals-court-expands-gun-rights-1418939537
     
  4. matt wade

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    Good decision by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. :thumbs:
     
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    I wonder if this will put a stop to the government barring veterans that have been treated for PTSD from owning guns.
     
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    Maybe they will start doing away with all the unconstitutional gun laws, which includes them all.
     
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    I am about to go through the process of buying a gun and I'll find out. However, what I've been told while in was that I'd be ok as long as I wasn't unwillingly admitted to an institution.
     
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    I hope you're right. Let us know.
     
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