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But as lawmakers rush to restrict that access in the wake of recent mass shootings, mental health experts warn of unintended consequences: from gun owners avoiding mental health treatment to therapists feeling compelled to report every patient who expresses a violent thought.

“Many patients express some idea of harm to other people, everything from, ‘I wish I could rip my boss limb from limb,’...

But under a new law in New York, one of the strongest to be passed to date, therapists may feel compelled to report every instance of violent talk, lest they face legal consequences if something happens.

...they’re going to report me and take away my guns,’” Applebaum said.

New York’s expanded gun law signed by Cuomo on January 15 goes further than most state laws in that it requires mental health professionals to report any person considered “likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others” to local health officials. Those officials would be authorized to report that person to law enforcement, which could seize the person’s firearms."


Guilty with no justice, no lawful procedures, midnight raids by jackboots, no court orders......just home invasions to 'get the guns' of someone who had a fantasy during therapy....... and likely no way to ever get your guns back, or compensation for property 'confiscated' without judicial review.

in other words, you are guilty until proven innocent and there is no way to prove you are not guilty.

Usually, it is up to the government to prove you guilty.

I suspect the NY law will be quickly overturned after the first case of a therapist 'reporting' something and the gun owner filing a major case.

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