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    Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago

    Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago - Under federal law, people who have been involuntarily “committed to a mental institution” — however long ago — are barred from possessing guns. Congress agreed that people with long-past mental problems might now be sane, and thus not especially dangerous, and provided for a means to apply for restoration of gun rights. But then in 1992 Congress ordered ATF not to spend any money applying the restoration program. And while it provided, in 2007, that people could get their rights restored by applying to a state that has a qualifying program for evaluating applicants’ mental fitness, many states have no such program. This case was brought by a resident of one such state that lacks a relief-from-disabilities program, Michigan.


    SAFE raffle winner

    Mike M. (r.) from Hurleyville holds the ArmaLite AR-50 that he won after buying 10 tickets in the raffle to help fund the Un-SAFE Act lawsuit.  NYSRPA Board member This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (l.) arranged this donation through ArmaLite.

    Please think of ArmaLite for your next rifle purchase because they came through for NYSRPA with this generous donation.  A review of this superbly accurate rifle can be read here. Thanks to all those who participated in this raffle to fight the Un-SAFE Act in court.


    Hendrson v. US (SCOTUS Amicus)

    Hendrson v. US (SCOTUS Amicus) - Issue: Whether a felony conviction, which makes it unlawful for the defendant to possess a firearm, prevents a court from ordering that the government (1) transfer non-contraband firearms to an unrelated third party to whom the defendant has sold all his property interests; or (2) sell the firearms for the benefit of the defendant.


    Senate Confirms Vivek Murthy As Surgeon General Over NRA Opposition

    Senate Confirms Vivek Murthy As Surgeon General Over NRA Opposition - In a rare show of defiance of the National Rifle Association, the Senate on Monday confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as surgeon general of the United States. Murthy's nomination had been stalled for nearly a year due to comments he made in support of stricter gun laws. Murthy is a Harvard- and Yale-educated physician, and has identified obesity and chronic disease as areas of focus for his tenure. He will be the first Indian American to hold the position. The Senate voted, 51-43, to confirm Murthy for the nation's top public health post, which has been vacant since July 2013.


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