ineligible to possess firearms question


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NRAninja
February 5, 2004, 11:07 PM
Federal law says "those adjudicated as mental defectives or incompetents or those committed to any mental institution" cannot possess firearms. So let's say someone 13 years old had to go to the funny farm for 2 days for suicide watch. Would that person be prohibited from possessing firearms forever? What exactly does the law mean by 'committed to any mental institution' Does a judge have to do it or what?

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boofus
February 5, 2004, 11:26 PM
If it was voluntary then it does not count as adjudicated. The judge has to issue a warrant or commitment papers or whatever and cops come to take you to the looney bin for it to effect your ability to own firearms in the future.

Generally just checking yourself in for a mood disorder or substance abuse won't permanently ban you from future firearms ownership.

CGofMP
February 5, 2004, 11:47 PM
Juvenile records can many times be 'sealed' or 'expunged'. You might look into that.

NRAninja
February 5, 2004, 11:59 PM
It's an interesting situation. In Georgia, if you have a firearms permit you are exempt from the NICS thing. I was just going to try to buy a rifle and see what NICS said, but I figured that was kind of risky since technically I would be breaking the law if I got turned down. I applied for a firearms permit a few weeks ago, and if I get it then I would imagine I'm good to go. However, the yellow form has that committed question on it and I wouldn't know whether to check yes or no. If I had the firearms permit which exempts me from NICS, then I would have a reason to believe I don't have to put yes in that box. But if I'm wrong, then it's perjury. What a mess.

Cool Hand Luke 22:36
February 6, 2004, 01:08 AM
Virginia lifts the disability from owning a firearm acquired as juvenile upon the individual reaching the age of 29 if there s no questionable activity as an adult.

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