Trump Judges Try to Overturn Longstanding Federal Restrictions on Gun Possession by People Involuntarily Committed to Mental Institutions: Confirmed Judges Confirmed Fears

Trump Judges Try to Overturn Longstanding Federal Restrictions on Gun Possession by People Involuntarily Committed to Mental Institutions: Confirmed Judges Confirmed Fears

“ Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears ” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties. Cases in the series can be found by issue and by judge at this link . Seven Trump Ninth Circuit judges (Patrick Bumatay, Lawrence VanDyke, Daniel Collins, Mark Bennett, Bridget Bade, Daniel Bress, and Danielle Hunsaker) argued in dissent that the full court should rehear and reverse a previous ruling in which three judges, including one appointed by President Reagan, rejected a challenge to a federal law that prohibits firearms possession by people who had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution. The court majority declined to accept the Trump judges’ arguments in its September 2020 order in Mai v. United States. A 3-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit, which included Reagan appointee Judge David Ezra, affirmed a district court decision that dismissed a challenge to a federal law that prohibits firearms possession by people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution. In late 1999, after he “threatened himself and others,” a Washington state court determined that Duy Mai was both “mentally ill and dangerous” and involuntarily committed him to a mental institution for a stay that lasted more than nine months. More than 15 years later, Mai was not allowed to purchase a firearm because of federal law, and filed suit claiming that after the length of time that had passed without problems, the law should be ruled unconstitutional as applied to him. […]

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