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The federal Department of Veterans Affairs says its mental health professionals won't comply with a new gun law in New York that requires them to report the names of patients they believe likely to hurt themselves or others.
The reporting provision is set to take effect Saturday.
Several veterans and their advocates say it would deter many from seeking counseling and medications to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological issues. Veterans fear their rights would be taken away.
Under the law pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the information would be used to determine whether someone should give up a gun license or weapon.
VA spokesman Mark Ballesteros says federal laws protecting veterans' treatment records take precedence.
Mentally unstable? Don’t you see how this provision can be abused? Veterans have been targeted as “potential domestic terrorists” by this administration. Now they’re basically asking the VA to label them all nuts.
so mentally unstable people get to keep their guns
and obama is planning on sending the military against us, and he is dumb enough to tell his commanders
I had not seen that before. I notice its from January has there been any updates to that?
Deffinitely a step in the right direction. I just hope they continue to hold this stance even when pressured by the federal government in the form of similar laws at a federal level. I personally will not talk to VA doctors anymore due to the lack of trust I have developed via this presidential administration. I talked with a group of five other veterans the other night and they are all staying away from VA treatment due to the fact that they are worried about losing rights. I'm glad the VA did something positive for a change though. Now only if they can get through their pile of claims and get the remaining veterans who are waiting for the assistance and care that they desperately need.
I can hear Feinstein pulling a Nancy Pelosi already.
Originally posted by usmc0311
reply to post by butcherguy
I have a feeling this will come up in the new federal gun legislation at some point. I bet they will try to sneak it in there under the radar. Although I also believe there are too many eyes watching this debate to sneak stuff in but you never know. This will get them thinking that's for sure.