I received some disturbing information this week. Sheriff John McMahon’s staff has a “list” of names that have been compiled by the Department of “mentally ill” individuals who have guns registered to them. It is the intention of the Department to confiscate these guns without due process.
Just last week, the California Senate approved a $24 million funding bill to expedite the process of collecting guns from owners in the state who legally acquired them but have since become disqualified due to mental illness.
Such was recently the case for one woman, who had been in the hospital voluntarily for mental illness last year that she says was due to medication she was taking. Lynette Phillips of Upland, CA said she had purchased a gun years ago for her husband, David, as a present. That gun, as well as two others registered to her law-abiding husband (who does not have a history of felonies or mental illness), were seized.
Her husband is upset that they took the right from him that should never have been taken.
But according to the state of California, that doesn’t matter.
“The prohibited person can’t have access to a firearm” regardless of who the registered owner is, Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.
The California Department of Justice is running a program to confiscate registered guns from homes that local law enforcement refused to implement. It’s called the Armed Prohibited Persons (APPs) program.
Merely being in a database of registered gun owners and having a “disqualifying event,” such as a isn’t sufficient evidence for a search warrant, So the officers often must talk their way into a residence to look for weapons.
How does the Department know who is mentally ill and who at the Department defines mental illness?
Gun owners are losing their 2nd Amendment rights without due process.
HIPAA Laws are likely being compromised and the 4th and 5th Amendments are being violated in some of these cases.
Just like anyone, I do not want a mentally ill person to own a firearm. But I do not want the government taking guns from sane people they call mentally ill.