6th Circuit: Congress Must ‘Justify’ Restricting 2nd Amendment Rights over Mental Health

According to the Associated Press, 6th Circuit Judge Julia Smith Gibbons wrote the majority opinion in the decision. Gibbons observed, “There is no indication of the continued risk presented by people who were involuntarily committed many years ago and who have no history of intervening mental illness, criminal activity or substance abuse.” Moreover, she stressed that Congress’ prohibition against gun ownership for persons with a “mental illness” diagnosis is “[focused] solely on the risk posed by those presently mentally ill and who have been recently committed.”

Judge Karen Nelson Moore dissented, saying, “The government has demonstrated that (the law) is substantially related to Congress’ objectives of reducing the substantial homicide and suicide rates caused by firearms.”

The case now goes back to the federal court in Grand Rapids, with a requirement that the government “justify” a ban on Second Amendment rights based on mental health criteria.

Full article: 6th Circuit: Congress Must ‘Justify’ Restricting 2nd Amendment Rights over Mental Health – Breitbart

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