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shlonak
04-18-2007, 1:41 PM
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xenophobe
04-18-2007, 2:18 PM
Yes, people who have been deemed to be mentally unstable or a danger to themselves or others are indeed in the list of people that are ineligible to purchase a firearm in california.

Serpentine
04-18-2007, 2:36 PM
Yes, people who have been deemed to be mentally unstable or a danger to themselves or others are indeed in the list of people that are ineligible to purchase a firearm in california.

Not exactly accurate. Please correct me if I am wrong.

From what I understand, the court (or as otherwise initiated by a Medical Doctor, Peace Officer, or Clinician) has to actually order you held for 72 hours in an inpatient mental institution or ward, as a DANGER TO ONE'S SELF OR TO OTHERS; against your will, to be evaluated and confirmed by a Psychiatrist, before a '5150' goes into your background records, therefore prohibiting you (legally) from eligibilty to purchase any firearm for 10 years in the State of California.

On the Federal level (NICS), you have to be adjudicated by the courts as "A GRAVE DANGER TO SELF OR OTHERS" before a '5250' goes into your background record, prohibiting you from firearms purchases (I believe indefinitely) on a federal level.

Serpentine
04-18-2007, 2:54 PM
CALIFORNIA WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE SECTION 5150 Defined:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5150_%28Involuntary_psychiatric_hold%29


CALIFORNIA WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE SECTION 5250-5259.3 Defined:

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cacodes/wic/5250-5259.3.html

FreedomIsNotFree
04-18-2007, 3:36 PM
Va. Tech Killer Ruled Mentally Ill by Court; Let Go After Hospital Visit (http://abcnews.go.com/US/print?id=3052278)

It appears he was ruled a danger to himself and others. He should have been on the VA list at this point. I want to know why he was not on the VA list.