Two Law Professors Seek to Have Those with Mental Issues Voluntarily Waive Their Second Amendment Rights

Two Law Professors Seek to Have Those with Mental Issues Voluntarily Waive Their Second Amendment Rights

On June 26, 2018, Donna Nathan legally purchased a .38 caliber revolver and a box of bullets. She paid $530.07 for the gun and the ammunition. It was the first gun she ever owned, and the last thing she ever touched. Later that day, she used it to kill herself at the Tree of Life in Audubon Park in New Orleans. . "Pat I’m sorry I love you," Nathan said in a suicide note to her partner. Stock photo shows a handgun in its case at the K&W Gunworks store on January 5, 2016, in Delray Beach, Florida. The 67-year-old New Orleans resident had long battled depression and bipolar disorder. She had voluntarily committed herself to a mental hospital several times previously in her life. About 60% of gun-related deaths are suicides, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control reported. Nathan’s suicide underscores an on-going debate in the U.S. about the availability of firearms. Two law professors have proposed a plan they believe could help save lives: the right not to bear arms. Ian Ayres, a professor at Yale Law School and Fredrick Vars, a professor at the University of Alabama Law School, believe people should be able to voluntarily waive their Second Amendment rights by signing a statement to be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that would prevent them from buying a gun at a dealer. Versions of "Donna’s Law" are pending in 12 states and have passed in Washington state and Virginia. "Unlike […]

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