Author Topic: Possession of a firearm  (Read 1359 times)

stovera

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Possession of a firearm
« on: September 26, 2015, 07:55:24 AM »
I know someone that was committed to a mental institution for about a month or two as a result of an offense - not a federal offense and not sure what the actual charge was. Was released and then completed deferred adjudication requirements that included one year of probation.  During this time they were required to take medication (and still should) for bipolar and minor schizophrenia.  The question is since they were involuntarily committed I don't think they can purchase a firearm (correct?), but can they go to the range and shoot, go hunting, or are they not to possess a firearm at all?  Thanks.
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Re: Possession of a firearm
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2015, 06:05:18 PM »
Probably cannot get a CHL.

May not be able to purchase from a FFL.  There is a question on the 4473 about 'mentally defective'. :(

AFAIK, that does not affect your ability to own a gun, hunt, target shoot, carry in your car, etc.
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Re: Possession of a firearm
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2015, 08:06:24 AM »
stovera,

Federal law makes it a crime for anyone who has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution to possess or purchase a firearm or ammunition. However, assuming this offense and involuntary commitment were ordered in Texas, under Texas Health and Safety Code section 574.088, your friend may petition the court that had him involuntarily committed for a relief from his or her firearms disability. This is discretionary by the courts, meaning they donít HAVE to do it, but they potentially could.
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