Folks, it pains me to criticize other people who are on my side, and who I consider allies in the cause, but I feel the need to speak up when I think there’s misinformation getting out there to gun owners.Â WND has an editorial here:
The legislation would allow a person’s right to own a gun in the U.S. to be permanently removed under a wide range of circumstances.
“You’d think that when rabid, anti-gun legislators like Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy join together to pass anti-gun legislation, it would raise a few red flags,” the alert says. “But these two New York Democrats are currently planning to roll over gun owners with H.R. 2640 â€“ legislation which would bar you from owning guns if: You are a battle-scarred veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; or as a kid, you were diagnosed with ADHD.”
Gun Owners Executive Director Larry Pratt told WND that those are just two of the circumstances that legitimately could be used under the pending proposal to permanently remove an individual’s right to own a weapon in the U.S.
This is just not true.Â Read the legislation.Â It goes even further off the deep end:
Someone in counseling during a bitter divorce, a child who at one point gets into a scrape on a school yard and is put on Ritalin, or even someone given “counseling” for issues such as depression during recovery from an accident or work-related injury are some other situations that could trigger such “disarmament by diagnosis,” he said.
There’s no provision in this bill at all that would create that circumstance.Â By now I’ve looked at it pretty extensively, and what Larry is claiming here just isn’t in this bill at all.
The plan, described in Congress as an expansion of the Brady Gun Bill that requires background checks for potential firearms purchasers, would require people who have such a diagnosis in their health record to be permanently banned from owning a gun.
This bill does not do that.Â Gun Control Act of 68 is what gave us life time prohibition for mental health commitments and adjudications.Â HR 2640 actually enables those with mental health problems in their past to clear their names, something they can’t do currently.
I feel like a broken record here, but Larry Pratt’s claims on this issue just keep getting more and more absurd to anyone’s who’s actually read the legislation.