The Department of OMFG.
Mental incompetence doesn't preclude owning a gun
May 30, 2007
CONCORD, N.H. --Someone found mentally incompetent to stand trial in New Hampshire still may be competent to own guns, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
The court overturned a Concord District Court ruling in which a man was denied his weapons after being found mentally incompetent to stand trial on theft, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges for an outburst at Division of Motor Vehicles headquarters in Concord three years ago.
Scott Buchanan took the issue to court after authorities refused to give two guns back.
The court ruled the criteria for being found incompetent to stand trial were different from the legal standard for being declared mentally defective under federal law -- the standard by which gun ownership can be denied.
Okay, I'll give them this bit.
Maybe he's just illiterate, or not a great cognitive thinker?
Police seized a gun from Buchanan's car, and Buchanan later surrendered a second firearm as a result of a bail order while the charges were pending against him, Senior Assistant Attorney General Ann Rice told The Telegraph of Nashua.
The charges were dismissed after Buchanan was found incompetent to stand trial because of his excessive and unusual paranoia about police and government, according to court records.
Is that all?
Give the man back his guns, but only if he gives the officers a 5 minute head start to make it fair.