NY Gun Registry Deems Almost 35,000 People Too Mentally Ill To Carry a Gun

October 19, 2014 4:09 PM

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NY Gun Registry Deems Almost 35,000 People Too Mentally Ill To Carry a Gun

“That seems extraordinarily high to me,” said Sam Tsemberis, a former director of New York City’s involuntary hospitalization program for homeless and dangerous people, now the chief executive of Pathways to Housing, which provides housing to the mentally ill. “Assumed dangerousness is a far cry from actual dangerousness.”

The Office of Mental Health pointed out that 144,000 people were hospitalized in New York in 2012 for mental illness, trying to justify the gun registry's seemingly high number. Yet, other health professionals argue the majority of those cases are not violent.

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