The state of New York recently accessed an individual’s medical records and determined that they should be ineligible to possess a firearm. The state ordered that this individual surrender his weapons, which he did. However, the individual told to surrender his weapons was inaccurately identified as a threat. Today, that individual is suing the state, and a local government official in New York has said “we all look foolish.”  That new law, passed in New York in the wake of the Newtown massacre, requires mental health providers to notify government officials as well as gun licensers if they believe an individual is libel to hurt themselves or others. Those officials will then determine whether or not the individual in question should retain their gun permit.

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