The state of New York is allegedly confiscating firearms from people for mental health purposes, Ammoland.com reported on Monday.
According to Ammoland, the state is sending letters to users of SSRI antidepressants and who have experience with mental health demanding that the recipient surrender their handguns and identification that allows them to legally own firearms in the state, even if the person has no known criminal record or has not expressed any threat to commit violence.
“Those folks having their weapons and FID (firearm ID) cards confiscated have been discovered to have been prescribed multiple different types of psychotropic drugs, such as those for Depression or Anxiety. These are known as SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) class drugs and have the potential to cause serious and adverse side effects,” Ammoland reports.
The writer at Ammoland claims to have spoken with an attorney in New York, James Tresmond, who confirms that firearms are being confiscated in Erie County.
“It seems these supposedly confidential records are then compared against a list of known NY pistol license holders and letters are sent out demanding their Pistol Owner ID Cards be surrendered, as well as any firearms and accessories,” said Tresmond.
The state of New York has instituted some of the strictest gun control in the country following the Sandy Hook shooting in December. The state has implemented a law called the Secure Ammunition and Firearms (SAFE) Act, which outlaws magazines that hold more than seven rounds, requires gun owners to re-register their information every five years and requires semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines be registered with the state police, among other things.
Last month, Benjamin Wassell of Silver Creek was arrested for allegedly trying to sell firearms that were made illegal by the SAFE Act, including two semiautomatic rifles and more than 300 rounds of ammunition, according to the Associated Press. Wassell was alleged to have tried to sell the weapons to an undercover police officer.