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    Posted January 29, 2013 by
    cleveland, Ohio
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Gun control debate: Background checks

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    My take

    Who should be banned from owning firearms?
    I've heard that about one in seven people have some
    sort of mental issue. The requiring of mental health
    providers to report mental health people is a violation
    of the patient/doctor privileged communication.
    I believe mental health workers presently have the
    ability, responsibility, to report illegal activity
    to authorities. Which mental health issues will
    result in disenfranchizing? People with depression,
    schizophrenia, manic-depression, obsesive compulsive?
    Which mental issue should be in a national database
    of the mentally ill? The current law requires that
    people 'adjudicated' as mental defectives not be
    able to purchase firearms. The current law disenfranchizes
    anyone who has been committed to a mental institution. Current
    purchase ATF form 4473 law lists a dozen disabling criteria.
    You can't buy a firearm if a felon, buying for someone
    else, a fugitive, unlawful user of drugs, dishonorable
    discharge from military, under restraining order, convict of
    domestic violence, renounced US citizenship, illegal
    alien or certain immigrants.

    I enjoy the freedom to own and shoot firearms. It is
    like the freedom of speech, or to worship as I please,
    or not. I don't own firearms for personal protection,
    I keep my handgun in a lockbox with the combination
    deep inside my computer that I don't remember. It
    takes me ten minutes to get my pistol out of the box.
    It would then take another minute to load my nine
    bullet magazine. I keep my pistol as safe from
    theft or misuse as I can think of. My firearms
    are simply a freedom that I enjoy.
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