Police using secret mental health database to identify and target gun owners
Legal gun owners in New York State deemed mentally unfit by health professionals are unknowingly being added to a state database for probable future gun confiscation.
As part of provisions listed in the state’s draconian SAFE Act, New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services has found 278 gun owners whom physicians and other “mental health professionals” have identified as mentally unstable, according to a FOIA request submitted by the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Gun owners can be identified by physicians, psychologists, registered nurses or licensed clinical social workers as unfit without their knowledge, as the law does not require health professionals to inform a patient or ask their permission before reporting them to the state.
Some of those identified in the database have reportedly already been visited by police and had their guns confiscated.
Via the Post-Standard:
Cayuga County sheriff’s deputies confiscated guns and took back pistol permits from three residents, one more than the database shows, according to Sgt. John Leja of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office.
Police in Cortland County confiscated guns from at least one permit holder, according to Cortland County Clerk Elizabeth Larkin, whose office processes gun permits. “We had another man who came in and voluntarily handed us his permit and gave his weapons to the police and said, ‘I don’t want them anymore,’ ” Larkin said.
New York allows gun owners to co-register their weapons with another permitted family member. In that case, Cortland County Clerk Elizabeth Larkin says, “[T]he sheriff’s office or state police would not confiscate them.”
Critics of the mental health database say the fear of being identified will keep many people from seeking much-needed treatment.
“It’s bigger than I had thought,” New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Executive Director Harvey Rosenthal told the Post-Standard regarding the amount of people identified. “It sends a message to those who might need care that there are a lot of people who are going to be in a database.”
Written by: ADAN SALAZAR – continue at INFOWARS