What do U.S. states say about mental illness
treatment and firearm possession?

By Patrick Bailey, guest contributor. March 13, 2020

When it comes to understanding mental illness treatment and firearms, there is an interesting take. States and federal laws stipulate whether or not someone who is diagnosed with a mental disorder or in a treatment facility can also have a registered firearm. In most instances, there are restrictions against having firearms if you are actively in treatment. However, there is not a blanket ruling on the matter. Learn more about the issues that arise when it comes to handling firearm possession and mental health treatment.

About Mental Illness and Firearm Possession

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the “possession of a firearm by the mentally ill is regulated by both state and federal laws.” This is the latest update as of January 5, 2018, and follows up with each of the state-specific mandates involving firearm possession for this demographic. Learn more about some of these state laws and how to find your own state law about mental illness treatment and firearm possession.

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