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by Archery1
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Other States
Topic: Oregon Governor signs bill effectively confiscating guns
Replies: 22
Views: 2675

Re: Oregon Governor signs bill effectively confiscating guns

mojo84 wrote:This is a very challenging topic. We keep saying that it's not the gun but it's the person that does the harm with the guns. So, quit blaming the guns and focus on the people that are troubled and may do something to harm themselves or someone else with a gun.

If we are going to keep placing the responsibility on family members to make sure their mentally ill family member doesn't hurt themselves or others with a gun, then they need to have some legal way to get a family member help and to prevent them from doing harm to themselves or others. Rather than just saying the government is trying to make it easier to confiscate our guns, how about offering up a solution that is practical and effective. Unfortunately, taking someone to court to get them ruled mentally ill and committed or their guns confiscated takes time. While waiting for the court date and ruling, a lot of damage can be done.

So, what's the answer? Allow someone that is mentally ill to continue to possess deadly weapons while we wait on a court to deem them mentally ill or do provide a method to someone to get the mentally ill person's guns away from them temporarily until they can go to court and have a court determine their status?
This is why the process is somewhat outside of what we think of as "due process". In practice, at least here in Texas, there's probably more due process and rights protection in these courts than for the accused in any other court. It's because of the nature of "rights-stripping" that many eyes are on these judges who hear these dockets, and judges are very aware of that.
by Archery1
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Other States
Topic: Oregon Governor signs bill effectively confiscating guns
Replies: 22
Views: 2675

Re: Oregon Governor signs bill effectively confiscating guns

Texas as it sits with its Health and Safety Code:

Sec. 573.001. APPREHENSION BY PEACE OFFICER WITHOUT WARRANT. (a) A peace officer, without a warrant, may take a person into custody if the officer:

(1) has reason to believe and does believe that:

(A) the person is a person with mental illness; and

(B) because of that mental illness there is a substantial risk of serious harm to the person or to others unless the person is immediately restrained; and

(2) believes that there is not sufficient time to obtain a warrant before taking the person into custody.

(b) A substantial risk of serious harm to the person or others under Subsection (a)(1)(B) may be demonstrated by:

(1) the person's behavior; or

(2) evidence of severe emotional distress and deterioration in the person's mental condition to the extent that the person cannot remain at liberty.

(c) The peace officer may form the belief that the person meets the criteria for apprehension:

(1) from a representation of a credible person; or

(2) on the basis of the conduct of the apprehended person or the circumstances under which the apprehended person is found.

And then:

573.025(b).

(h) A peace officer who takes a person into custody under Subsection (a) may immediately seize any firearm found in possession of the person. After seizing a firearm under this subsection, the peace officer shall comply with the requirements of Article 18.191, Code of Criminal Procedure.

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