National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Being INVOL. COMMITTED to MENTAL INST., by a COURT is different from having Mental ILLNESS.
What buyer is going to check off Yes for mental illness?? ...
snipped for focus. @Luna20
My apologies for caps, but I cannot bold, underscore, etc. posts here.
Yes, absolutely, positively, in completing form, prospective gun buyers w or without mental illness could lie on any question.
If you re-read my post quoting ATF Form 4473,* you'll see the form does NOT ask applicants to disclose whether they have a "MENTAL ILLNESS."
Question 11f asks:
"Have you ever been adjudicated as a mental defective or have you ever been committed to a mental institution? (See Instructions for Question 11.f)."
The ^ meaning: a COURT DETERMINATION that the applicant is "mentally defective" or a COURT ORDER INVOLUNTARILY COMMITTING person to a MENTAL INSTITUTION, w detailed explanation of both phrases in Q. 11f at page 4.
IDK whether Hale was medically diagnosed w a "mental illness" or was treated for a mental illness.
Regardless ATF Form 4473 does not ask whether person has "mental illness," but asks about COURT DETERMINATIONS and ORDERS.
"Mental illness" in and of itself does not disqualify a person from buying a firearm.
A member who posted ---
"...If she had mental illness then she would not be permitted to purchase any weapons legally. One of the questions on the background check specifically asks that..."
--- is mistaken, imo.
* ATF Form 4473:
. See page 1, Q. 11f, and page 4, Instructions re Q. 11f.