Originally Posted by Speed Daemon
This is a real problem, since most of us have some minor condition that's technically a mental illness. Is a fear of heights really a just reason to revoke someone's Constitutional rights?
One plan makes it mandatory for mental health professionals to report anything and everything that could be used to deny gun ownership. After a long, hard fight to protect private health records under HIPAA
, the last thing I want to see is rumors about my mental health being made public, or health care professionals reporting everyone in a CYA move! Mental illness is still a stigma. If they start reporting it like credit reports (which are notoriously wrong), a lot of innocent people who don't even care about firearms could end up being blacklisted in the job market.
This is a Pandora's Box that needs to be treated with due care.
That's an excellent point, take for example a soldier returning from duty, probably the most well trained of the general public handling firearms, being diagnosed with PTSD. Should they be banned for life? Who would decide when its 'OK' for them to own a firearm?
Lots of angles to examine..