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May 08, 2013
New York Librarian Loses Pistol Permit Because of Past Prescription for Anti-Anxiety Meds - 5

David Lewis, 35, is a college librarian who lives in Amherst, N.Y., not far from Buffalo. He is a licensed pistol-owner who enjoys target-shooting. He has no criminal record and has never issued threats or done anything that would cause concern about his access to a firearm.
               
Although there is no evidence of any mental instability, for a short time, Lewis was taking anti-anxiety medicine. And that, apparently, was enough for anti-gun zealots in Erie County to use New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly adopted SAFE Act to pull his pistol permit and demand his firearms be confiscated.
               
New York's gun control measure adopted in January includes a provision requiring mental health professionals to alert authorities when a gun owner might be a danger to himself/herself and others.
               
Lewis’ lawyer, who is suing New York state, told the Associated Press on May 1 that his client received a letter from the Erie County Clerk in April telling him that his pistol permit was suspended and that he was required to surrender his guns.
               
Lewis did so, then promptly hired an attorney and challenged the suspension. A state judge on May 1 reinstated his pistol permit and told local officials and the state that the law needs to be revised to prevent the same thing from happening to gun owners across the state without any review of the circumstances.
               
“Due process’ should come before the suspension," said James D. Tresmond, Lewis' attorney. "That is where due process comes in -- before your rights are taken, due process must occur. That is our Constitutional right, not the reverse.”
               
State legislators have expressed no interest in revisiting the SAFE Act to revise it, since they've had to do so at least once already, so it is virtually guaranteed that this will become a rather common story as the full ramifications of the hastily adopted SAFE Act become more apparent.
               
For more, go to:           
-- New York Gun Control Law: State Police Confiscate Weapons From The Wrong Guy
                            
-- NY Gun Confiscation Starts & May Set Precedent For Gun Confiscation Across The Nation
               
-- SAFE Act Mistake Leads to Pistol Permit Seizure
               
-- Tough new gun law in New York state nets first arrest
               
-- Oops! New York State Police Admit to Major Mistake in Gun Confiscation Case

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from 3030shttr wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

It would be something if one of these so-called politicians was strangled to death....would they then come for everyone's shoelaces???

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

I agree with MWK_MN, these kind of drugs are way overused by American doctors. I do believe that we should do as much as possible to keep guns out of the hands of the violently-mentally ill, but the question of who decides the degrees of mental illness remain unanswered. Definitely a tough issue.

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from MNwhitetailHunter wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

This is why the NRA didn't agree with any of these new gun laws. The way I saw it is exactly this, who says WHAT is the definition of "mentally ill". Just gives government too much power. To lose his guaranteed second amendment over anxiety pills he use to take is a joke.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Hi...

Well now, let's see. The government made a goof...?? WOW...who knew...!!

But I guess idiots exist in any government entity, eh?

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from MWK_MN wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Doctor's prescribe anti-anxiety and anti-depressants like candy. So many people are on them or have taken them in the past. Hollywood glorifies their use. Personally I feel we should take after the U.K. and prescribe these as little as possible and focus on cognitive and physical therapy but that's a different topic to debate. These are not the kind of people who should be mentioned in the mentally ill category for having guns confiscated.

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from MNwhitetailHunter wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

This is why the NRA didn't agree with any of these new gun laws. The way I saw it is exactly this, who says WHAT is the definition of "mentally ill". Just gives government too much power. To lose his guaranteed second amendment over anxiety pills he use to take is a joke.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

I agree with MWK_MN, these kind of drugs are way overused by American doctors. I do believe that we should do as much as possible to keep guns out of the hands of the violently-mentally ill, but the question of who decides the degrees of mental illness remain unanswered. Definitely a tough issue.

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from MWK_MN wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Doctor's prescribe anti-anxiety and anti-depressants like candy. So many people are on them or have taken them in the past. Hollywood glorifies their use. Personally I feel we should take after the U.K. and prescribe these as little as possible and focus on cognitive and physical therapy but that's a different topic to debate. These are not the kind of people who should be mentioned in the mentally ill category for having guns confiscated.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Hi...

Well now, let's see. The government made a goof...?? WOW...who knew...!!

But I guess idiots exist in any government entity, eh?

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from 3030shttr wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

It would be something if one of these so-called politicians was strangled to death....would they then come for everyone's shoelaces???

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