The gist of both executive actions have to do with mental illness: clarifying what is meant by “mentally ill,” and allowing individuals’ mental health information to be uploaded to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Daily Caller reported:
One executive action frees states from some of the privacy laws that prohibit the disclosure of patients’ medical information, allowing institutions to input mental health information relevant to gun ownership into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, otherwise known as NICS.
It modifies the HIPAA Privacy Rule to allow institutions “to disclose to the NICS the identities of persons prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm for reasons related to mental health.”
Not everyone who has struggled with mental health issues is prohibited from owning a gun, but people who have been “involuntarily committed to a mental institution or otherwise have been determined by a lawful authority to be a danger to themselves or others or to lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs” will be noted as such in the NICS…
The other executive action, issued by the Department of Justice, clarifies what exactly in someone’s mental health history would prohibit them from owning or purchasing a gun. Persons who fall under the category of “adjudicated as a mental defective” and “committed to a mental institution” include those who are “incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect; persons lacking mental responsibility or deemed insane; and persons found guilty but mentally ill, regardless of whether these determinations are made by a state, local, federal or military court,” as well as “a person committed to involuntary inpatient or outpatient treatment.”
Obviously, this won’t help matters. We already know they target veterans and claim they “lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs.” According to Erich Pratt with Gun Owners of America’s, as many as 165,000 vets have already lost their gun rights due to these types of arbitrary assessments.
I did think it was rather humorous that Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder made this statement regarding these executive actions:
“We are taking an important, commonsense step to clarify the federal firearms regulations, which will strengthen our ability to keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands. This step will provide clear guidance on who is prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law for reasons related to mental health.”
The Department of Justice, together with the FBI and the DEA, did such a smashing job of keeping guns out of the wrong hands down in Mexico, didn’t they?