Federal court: An involuntary mental commitment not enough to disqualify gun ownership

Federal court: An involuntary mental commitment not enough to disqualify gun ownership

[Ed. – The point here appears to be about whether due process, including a court hearing, can be dispensed with by federal authorities in automatically disqualifying a person from purchasing, owning, etc. a gun or ammo. Interesting timing for such a ruling, although assuredly unintentional.]

We are extremely proud to announce that today Chief Counsel Joshua Prince of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group was successful in having Federal District Court Judge Jeffrey Schmehl  of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania rule that an involuntary commitment under Section 302 of Pennsylvania’s Mental Health and Procedures Act (“MHPA”) is insufficient to trigger a federal firearms and ammunition disability under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(4). …

Section 302 of the MHPA permits a physician to involuntarily commit an individual in the absence of any form of due process …

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