MONUMENTAL Determination from ATF – Grant of State Relief Relieves Federal Prohibition Relating to Mental Health Commitments

I am honored to announce, after fighting the U.S. Government over this issue for several years, that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has conceded that a grant of state relief in relation to a prior mental health commitment is sufficient to relieve the individual of any prohibition under federal law.

In issuing the July 1, 2019 ATF Certification of Qualifying State Relief from Disabilities Program form, both the ATF and Pennsylvania State Police have concluded that Pennsylvania’s mental health relief program is sufficient for purposes of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) and therefore an individual who obtains state relief from an involuntary mental health commitment (i.e. Section 302, 303, 304…etc commitment) is relieved of any disability under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(4).

Thus, if you have been involuntarily committed in Pennsylvania, a grant of state relief will now relieve both your state and federal disabilities, permitting you to purchase, possess and utilize firearms and ammunition.

If you or someone you know has been involuntarily committed and wish to restore your rights, contact Firearms Industry Consulting Group today to discuss YOUR rights and legal options.


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7 thoughts on “MONUMENTAL Determination from ATF – Grant of State Relief Relieves Federal Prohibition Relating to Mental Health Commitments

  1. With the new Clean Slate Law in PA, will the misdemeanors hindering gun ownership allow us to now purchase a firearm if those records are going to be sealed?


    1. Depending on the disability (I.e. assuming there is a provision of law that provides for relief), one could; however I’d highly recommend against it, since the PSP will have an attorney at any hearing that occurs and if you lose, any appeal would be based on the record you made (which likely would not include all evidence and arguments a competent attorney would make) and you may be precluded from being a new action with counsel.


  2. What is the next step if I have already been granted relief by the state for a 302 under 6105(f)? Is the process for Federal relief automatic? Does the PSP remove you from the PICS database, and do they relay that info to NICS for database removal as well? I petitioned the Centre county court back in 2014, and the order was just recently signed in June 2019 right before this agreement was signed. I have my fingers crossed that I will soon be able to have my guns back.


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