Can someone who is battling Bipolar Disorder own a gun? Yes, of course they people can, but there are laws in place to prevent some purchases as well.
People with Bipolar Disorder or other mental health issues can be banned under federal law from purchasing or possessing a firearm: if they’ve been involuntarily committed to a mental facility, or if a court/government body declares a person mentally incompetent.
What does it take to be mentally committed? In many states, law enforcement may take a person to a mental hospital against their will for an initial evaluation. At the conclusion of a 72-hour stay, the observing doctors may request for more treatment if need be and can even petition a court to get the person to stay against their wishes. If the court agrees, then at that point, the person is considered mentally committed.
The other way to have your name in the mental health background check database is if a court/government body were to rule that a person is a danger to themselves or others or is unable to manage their own affairs. This common issue arises when a court appoints a conservator or a guardian for an adult because of mental disabilities or health issues.
In our opinion, these laws are enough, and the current state of using mental health issues, like Bipolar Disorder, as a scapegoat, is not justified.
One in five Americans has a mental disorder that is diagnosable. However, only 1 in 20 gun homicides are committed by people with mental health issues. That’s only 5%, yet the current negative stigma recently would make you believe that this number was considerably higher.It’s time we started asking some bigger questions about gun violence, instead of blaming a specific set of people that battle mental health issues, as they’re just as responsible with firearms as the rest of the population.
If you or a loved one you know battles with Bipolar Disorder or any Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.