Today, Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., filed its official Comment in opposition to ATF’s newest rulemaking endeavor, ATF 51P, regarding ATF’s desire to amend the definitions of “adjudicated as a mental defective” and “committed to a mental institution.”
Due to the proposed Rule involving mental health, few in the Firearms Industry wanted to take a stand against this new notice of proposed rulemaking. However, as FICG is dedicated to the protection of our fundamental, inalienable Right to Keep and Bear Arms, I prepared a Comment in opposition, while providing ATF with some alternatives that would further protect those, who have been committed to a mental institution, especially in the absence of due process.
While the comment period closes on Monday, April 7, 2014, at midnight, we are requesting that our readers review our Comment, which can be downloaded here, and submit Comments in support, especially in relation to 1) excluding those individuals, who where committed under the age of 18 from the purview of Section 922(g)(4); 2). excluding those individuals, who, post-commitment, served the state or federal government in a capacity where they were provided a firearm; 3). excluding those individuals, who, post-commitment, obtained Federal Explosives Relief; and 4). excluding any commitment that lack all of the due process guarantees. You can find our arguments relating to these issues and others in Section V (pg 34) of our Comment.
Regardless of whether you suffer from a mental health diagnosis, know someone who suffers from a mental health diagnosis or are just a firearms enthusiast, we all need to take this opportunity to ensure that our rights aren’t further eroded.