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Health experts criticize gun law's reporting rules
Was this designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill, or was this designed to keep the mentally ill from seeking help?

Quote:Since a mid-March effective date, the state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act has required mental health treatment providers to report to their county governments when a patient is a potential danger to himself or others. Once approved by the county, the report is sent to the state for entry into a database. Local law enforcement then must suspend or revoke any gun licenses issued to people in the database and, if necessary, remove their firearms.
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Quote:“Clinicians, not really understanding the nature of the law, may report people that the law never had the intention of being reported and, in the process, destroy all sorts of trust that might be there,” he said. “We’re not sure at all that it’s going to make anybody safer, and it may have unintended consequences.”

In the letter to Cuomo dated March 1, mental health groups wrote that the existence of two standards would lead to the reporting of people who would never require hospitalization and deter people with mental illnesses from seeking treatment.

Therapists’ chief concern has been that patients who were feeling suicidal or homicidal might conceal their troubles to avoid having their guns removed.

The state Nurses Association wrote in a March 13 memo to Cuomo that the law stigmatizes mental illness by linking it to gun violence, creating barriers for those who need treatment.

I can say with a fair degree of certainty that if I ever have problems sleeping, or if I start having some "off" days, I sure as hell won't ever mention it to anyone, nor will I seek treatment for it. I think that's what a lot of people might now start doing as well. They're not all that stupid. This law's definition of mental illness can be expanded to entrap just about everybody at some point.

That's the problem with all this feel good BS; unintended consequences are a bitch. I'm sure Andy doesn't give a damn about any of that.
I don't suffer from insanity.
I enjoy every minute of it.

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