Commitment To A Mental Institution

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Another term that is too broad to interpret is “commitment to a mental institution” (Bramble 309). This was also defined by the AFT. Their definition is, A formal commitment of a person to a mental institution by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority. This does not include voluntary commitment. It does, however, include involuntary commitment for mental defectiveness or mental illness. The term also includes commitments for reasons unrelated to mental illness, like drug use. But an individual who is in an institution for observation only is not included. (Bramble 310) Because of the confusing language, many states have different laws on who this prohibits from buying guns. (Bramble 316).
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