04 Jul '11, 4am

States Allow the Mentally Ill to Regain Gun Rights | Care2 Causes

States Allow the Mentally Ill to Regain Gun Rights | Care2 Causes

Across the country, states are beginning to allow people who lost their gun rights because of mental illness to petition to have them restored. Although a handful of states had such laws on the books for years, since 2008 more than 20 states have passed similar measures. Ironically, Michael Luo writes for the New York Times , the flood of gun-restoration laws began with a piece of legislation passed by Congress in 2007 which was designed, in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, to make it more difficult for people with mental illnesses to access guns. The NRA forced legislators to add a concession which would allow people who had their gun rights revoked to petition for restoration. The states say that they want to make sure that no one who is a threat to public safety can obtain firearms. But in practice, the decision about who should have their gun rights restored is ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/mentally-ill-people-petition-...

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