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Calls for a waiting period after a woman leaves a psychiatric facility, then buys a gun and kills herself.

4 Responses to “In VT”

  1. Canthros Says:

    Man. If only we had laws on the books to keep people that have been committed to mental institutions from buying firearms.


  2. Paul Says:

    Will there be any calls for waiting periods for ropes when such a person buys rope and hangs themselves?

    Or if they buy Tylenol and overdose?

    Or buy a razor blades and slit their wrist?

  3. Jake Says:

    Canthros: It was a voluntary commitment. IIRC, that means there would have been no legal restriction on her buying a firearm.

  4. Jake Says:

    Here we are. It’s defined by 27 C.F.R. 478.11

    Committed to a mental institution. A formal commitment of a person to a mental institution by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority. The term includes a commitment to a mental institution involuntarily. The term includes commitment for mental defectiveness or mental illness. It also includes commitments for other reasons, such as for drug use. The term does not include a person in a mental institution for observation or a voluntary admission to a mental institution.