A federal law prohibiting anyone who has ever been committed to a mental institution from owning a firearm is unconstitutional, the 6th Circuit ruled.
“The government’s interest in keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill is not sufficiently related to depriving the mentally healthy, who had a distant episode of commitment, of their constitutional rights,” U.S. Circuit Judge Danny Boggs said, writing for the three-judge panel.
U.S. Circuit Jude Julia Gibbons joined the majority, but also wrote her own concurring opinion.
Clifford Tyler, a 73-year-old resident of Hillsdale County, Michigan, brought a 2nd Amendment challenge to a federal law prohibiting the possession of firearms by a person “who has been committed to a mental institution.”
Tyler was committed for less than a month 28 years ago when his wife served him divorce papers, ran away with another man, and depleted his bank account.