I've been keeping a close eye on the attempted passage of SB 1966 by Kathleen Willis and her anti-gun friends in Springfield. I have been and will continue to file witness slips to oppose this nasty legislation.
I am seeing so many things mentioned about how the bill (and the FOID act in general) hurt law-abiding gun owners. There seems to be an especially strong emphasis as to how folks of lower socioeconomic status would be disadvantaged by the outrageous fees imposed on them, along with driving distances, etc.
I am concerned, however, that folks of lower socioeconomic status are already being hurt financially in another way because of the FOID Act, and that pain seems to be getting very little to no attention with gun rights groups.
What I'm talking about is mental health prohibitors applied to people who voluntarily take care of themselves (including those who get the prohibitors for having adverse physical medical problems), and those people (especially those in a Chicagoland collar county) having little to no method of making an effective appeal to the ISP. Providers who deal with this matter are hard to come by, and even if they can be found, they cost lots of $$$. Sure, a regular doctor can apparently sign off on a certification, but in a collar county that can be very difficult as the area is strongly Democrat and anti-gun.
In effect, not only are the poorest (and medically sickest) among us possibly going to get priced out of FOID cards under the SB 1966, those people are still being priced out of the very evaluations and certifications that Ms Willis demands. How is THIS moral or ethical?
Even worse, I just caught this chestnut in Amendment 2:
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1 Services shall coordinate to use moneys in the Fund to finance 2 their respective duties of collecting and reporting data on 3 mental health records and ensuring that mental health firearm 4 possession prohibitors are enforced as set forth under the 5 Firearm Concealed Carry Act and the Firearm Owners 6 Identification Card Act, including reporting prohibitors to 7 the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Ok, so now are people that are merely denied (not revoked or suspended) going to get reported to NICS with this? And what if the issue a person has is related to severe physical problems? Lots of physical problems these days are treated as intertwined with mental illness. Had a heart attack, for example? You may be depressed. Have a stomach issue? You may have anxiety. And on and on. Plain and simple, if you end up in a hospital for ANY reason and need psych support, you run the risk of getting a prohibitor slapped on you. And then a person has to fight like heck to get an appeal?
What about medical privacy for those prohibited who haven't even authorized the release of records? (pre-appeal)
How is this fair? If people of lower socioeconomic status need to get evaluations and certifications, who will provide them and at an affordable cost? And don't think a health department will do it (where the poorest generally seek care). Check out this info from a page from LAKE COUNTY and their refusal to do evaluations:
"Who is not eligible?
Our program is funded to treat chronic mental illness, and the following exclusions apply, as we are not funded for the populations or services below:
- Developmental disability (those who have moderate or severe mental retardation)
- Residents of nursing homes or any other 24-hour residential treatment program
- Those requesting only psychological testing
- Those wanting only evaluations for other agencies, such as DCFS, Social Security, lawyers, etc. (The only evaluations we perform are of clients who are ordered by the Lake County Courts to evaluate the need for treatment.)
- Those in need of a higher level of care than outpatient services, such as needing emergency psychiatric hospitalization due to potential for harmful behavior"
At the following link-- https://www.lakecoun...Health-Services
Did you catch that? They are "not funded for the populations or services below" which include "[T]hose wanting only evaluations for other agencies...."
That is pathetic. Not funded???? And it's shameful to deny 2nd amendment rights to people in this situation who merely can't even afford an appeal.
PLEASE consider this as another angle from the perspective of wronged people of lower socioeconomic status.
IF we MUST insist on forcing people with VOLUNTARY care to get an evaluation or certification, they need better access to someone who will DO one at all. It's my observation that many in the medical establishment seem to have little to no understanding of how to handle FOID evaluation or certification requests and just outright deny their patients legit appeals. That needs to change. It's not fair, not moral, and reprehensible to those of lower socioeconomic status.
Thank you for letting me holler from my soapbox. This whole thing is so saddening. And maddening.
Edited by Safegirl51, 24 May 2019 - 08:13 PM.