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Returning Vets and Purchases

Discussion in 'Legal' started by LubeckTech, Nov 22, 2012.

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  1. LubeckTech

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    My stepson just Med Boarded out of the Army. He has a knee problem and has been diagnosed with depression and PTSD. This summer he was in Afganistan and was knocked about 15ft. by the blast we all heard about involving a suicide bomber making it on to (or closer than he should have been) a US military installation. He suffered a mild concussion and was hospitalized briefly and currently takes medication for headaches as a result of this. Would he be likley to have a problem with a ATF instant check??
    I ask because I have read things about problems with firearms sales and vets who have head injuries but don't if there is anything true about vets that have been treated for concussions being denied on gun purchases.
     
  2. alsaqr

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    No.
     
  3. NavyLCDR

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    Yes.

    Although I suppose that would depend upon the subjective definition of "likely".
     
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    Not based on the details you have provided. As long as he was discharged honorably, he wasn't told by a court he is insane, and he isn't using any drugs illegally.
     
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    Everyone needs to remember that there is a huge difference between being denied by NICS and being prohibited from possessing/purchasing firearms. It happens every day that people who are not prohibited from possessing/purchasing firearms are denied by NICS. The VA is also an agency of the Federal government....
     
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    But is there anything in the details provided that would fail a NICS check or prohibit posession? I'm fully aware there is likely more to the story than this, but last week I accompanied a freiend of mine to make a purcnase, he has all of the details described above and then some, yet still holds a TS clearance and works in the field.
     
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    It all depends on what the VA reports to NICS. Easy way to tell if there will be a problem is to go buy a gun!
     
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    The VA can only report a veteran to the US Justice Dep't if that veteran has been found to be mentally incompetent by a court, board or commission, etc: A simple diagnosis of mental incompetence will not fly. i personally know numerous veterans who suffer from TBI and/or PTSD who legally purchase guns.

    From the NICS Improvement Act of 2007 (Bold Mine):

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr2640/text

     
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  9. Ehtereon11B

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    No. I have almost same experiences as your father. Except I'm still in and mine were mortars. PTSD and depression are not disqualifiers from owning firearms, otherwise mine would all be gone. As long as any treatment he goes through for the PTSD/depression are not court ordered, he is well in the clear.
     
  10. Shadow 7D

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    and who wrote what to whom
    technically it takes a court to remove the right, but the issue is board and commission
    until you dig in, it's not clear, BUT, unless he was med-boarded for being a danger to self and/or others
    (um, helped on that one, and uh, they WERE trying to ship him from active duty to a locked VA psych facility, funny was, the VA said stop pissing him off and let him out of the army already...)

    Most likely, no, as it would involved pushing paperwork to the FBI,
    So. I'd say take him out to buy a gun.
     
  11. Tim the student

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    No. Not unless there is a lot more to the story.

    I have a TBI. I also have PTSD. (I have knee problems too :D) The VA knows this.

    I buy guns with no issues, and have a carry permit, as well as a C&R.
     
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    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32842.pdf

    The VA is not an organization known for protecting veterans rights to bear firearms. Still, the easy answer remains to buy a gun from an FFL...
     
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    But does that not put the buyer at risk if they state something on the 4473 that is contradicted by the report that is returned? I would never tell someone to go attempt a purchase to find out if they are a prohibited person.
     
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    I believe what could put the transferee at risk is if they knowingly lie on form 4473. Since these are yes/no questions, truthfully not knowing the answer, and having no practical way to determine the answer using other means, I don't think answering no would be considered lying.
     
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    It is only illegal to knowing lie on the form 4473. What NICS determines as a disqualifying factor may in no way disqualify the person at all. That is why there is an appeal process.
     
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    Something similar happened to me in Iraq (blown out of a Humvee, mild concussion and some spinal disc damage). As a result, I have chronic migraines and PTSD. I have meds for the migraines, and counseling for the PTSD. I have had no problems buying guns, or getting my CPL.

    I've not been adjudicated mentally insane/ incompetent, so I have not had my rights to own a gun removed. As long as the case for your step-son is similar, he should not have any issues. FWIW, I've bought all my guns after my discharge from the service.
     
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    On the issue of PTSD and the issue of "committed to a mental institution," one relevant inquiry is whether the commitment was voluntary or involuntary:

    27 CFR 478.11

    Source: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-id...iv8&view=text&node=27:3.0.1.2.3.2.1.1&idno=27
     
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    The VA hospital in Battle Creek, MI where I went for my initial evaluation is one of the State hospitals, i.e. a mental institutions. I voluntarily sought treatment at the mental hospital, but since I was not committed, voluntarily or otherwise, it did not show up on NICS. I did have to mention it on my CPL application, though.
     
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    That may be, USAF Vet. State law may vary on the CPLs.
     
  20. Owen Sparks

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    I know a man who was honorably discharged from the Navy because of a medical condition, mental illness. He is not allowed to own firearms yet he receives full retirement pay plus disability.
     
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    Being discharged because of mental illness is almost the same as being declared mentally incapable. Hence the ability to own a firearm and one of the questions on the 4473. While PTSD and depression are considered "mental illness" by the large scope of medical terms, they are not and hopefully never will be disqualifiers to firearm ownership.
     
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    The only state I'm aware of where it could potentially be an issue is Illinois. Illinois requires gun owners to get a FOID (firearm owners ID card) before purchasing a gun. Even seeking voluntary treatment at a mental health institution will DQ someone from getting a FOID for five years.

    At the federal level I don't see a problem.
     
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    +1 on the no problem side of the argument. Treatment for PTSD or depression (or anything else) is not the same thing as being adjudicated mentally defective, which has a specific legal meaning. The long story being short, someone coming out of military service with a mental health history that disqualifies them from purchasing firearms is not going to unaware of or surprised by this fact.
     
  24. Tim the student

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    Well that seems wise :rolleyes:
     
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    This is what's wrong with the military mental health system. They make so many PowerPoint briefings, posters, little pocket cards, and presentations about how you should definitely bring it up to your chain if you're having any feelings of depression, PTSD, etc. You go through a dozen different stations at pre-Mob and de-Mob where they constantly ask you about your mental health, how you're feeling, etc. You take "resiliency" classes and have to do personality surveys in country.

    And all of this seems like a great idea, like they're really trying to help and encourage people to seek treatment and care.

    And yet if you do, you get your weapon taken away, you look like an idiot for being the only guy in your unit without a weapon. You get pulled off missions and stuck someplace "safe" like the TOC or chow hall, and now not only are you singled out, but your buddies resent you for getting an easy job. You get passed over for things. You get red flagged at all subsequent evaluations, which may mean you're stuck at the de-Mob station for another month while everyone goes home. It's in your personnel record, so if you ever want a job in law enforcement or some other secure environment, you get denied.

    In reality, it all backfires. A soldier is depressed and feels like his world is crumbling. So the Army's solution is to single him out, ostracize him, pit his buddies against him, and remove any hope of pursuing the career he wants.

    And now there's a good chance he'll even get stripped of his Constitutional rights. Great way to give someone a positive outlook on life. Destroy or remove any positive hopes he may have left. Awesome idea.


    This is why you answer "NO" to absolutely every question they ask you at on all of the surveys and evaluations. You never know how screwed the rest of your entire life can get from even one "YES" answer.
     
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