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NC - CONTACT SENATE! SB 2081 strips 2A of ANYONE who has ANY mental health treatment

Discussion in 'Carolina Glockers' started by Grayson, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Grayson


    Jan 18, 2006
    Yes, even OUTPATIENT treatment!

    I wasn't sure what to make of the "Veterans Disarmament Act" as they called it, but looks like NC is headed down the WORST CASE SCENARIO, at the first stop!
  2. HandyMan Hugh

    HandyMan Hugh NRA Life Member

    May 17, 2002
    Hallstead, PA
    What's next? Are they going to ban you if you EVER had a prescription for a tranqualizer? :steamed::steamed::steamed::steamed::steamed:

  3. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    How would anyone know if someone was an outpatient?
  4. Mnukedude

    Mnukedude Lurking

    Dec 14, 2001
    With my wife
    Really, and by "commitment" do they mean someone legally made you get therapy on outpatient basis, or does it also apply if you independently get an appointment yourself and are under no compulsion at all to receive any treatment?
  5. RichardB

    RichardB Silver Member

    Jul 29, 2007
    From the NRA website.

    "Friday, July 18, 2008

    On Thursday, July 17, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2081 by a vote of 111 to 0. SB 2081 will now head to the desk of Governor Mike Easley (D) for his consideration. This legislation makes critical changes to North Carolina law in order to get the Tar Heel State in compliance with the federal “NICS Improvement Amendments Act,” which was signed into law in January of this year. This federal law provides financial incentives to states to make records of prohibited individuals available for use in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). As it relates to S 2081 in North Carolina, “The NICS Improvement Amendments Act” requires states to establish a system that would allow individuals who have been involuntarily committed, by a court, to a mental health treatment program to have their commitment reported to NICS. Individuals with such commitments are already prohibited under federal law from purchasing or possessing a firearm, but not all applicable commitments are currently reported to NICS.

    As originally introduced, this legislation had some areas that would have caused serious concern among the pro-gun community. NRA worked with both the bill sponsor, State Senator Tony Rand (D-19), as well as Attorney General Roy Cooper (D), who originally proposed the legislation, to make numerous improvements to S 2081. In addition, State Senator Phil Berger (R-26) offered several amendments that also improved the legislation. As passed, S 2081 now requires the reporting to NICS of all involuntary commitments to a mental health treatment program, provided such commitment carried with it a finding that the individual was “a danger to self or others.” This legislation also establishes a process, which includes a hearing that is “closed to the public,” for one affected by the commitment provision to petition to have his or her name removed from NICS, thus restoring the petitioner’s ability to legally purchase, possess, and transfer firearms. This process requires the petitioner to prove he or she should be removed from the system by establishing by a “preponderance of evidence” that he or she has met the standard to remove the bar from purchasing, possessing, or transferring a firearm due to the involuntary commitment. These three specific provisions were improvements made by Sen. Berger’s amendments. Initially, the commitments reported would have included those where there was no finding that the individual committed was a “danger to self or others.” It also established the hearing as being open to the public, and would have required the petitioner to show “clear and convincing evidence” as to why the purchase, possession, and transfer bar should be removed, rather than the lower standard of “preponderance of evidence.”

    This legislation goes no further than the requirements under the “NICS Improvement Amendments Act,” and NRA is grateful to those legislators who worked to both improve the original version, as well as those who made sure no anti-gun amendments were added to it."

    Grass Roots NC reports that the NRA is claiming credit for GRNCs efforts.