For the first time since Washington, DC's firearma's ban was tossed out in 2008, a federal gun law has been ruled unconstitutional.
In 1986, Charles Clifford Tyler spent a month in a mental health care institution, and as a result he's been banned from firearm ownership ever since. When he tried to purchase a gun for his own protection, he was arrested and charged with a felony.
Now, the law that kept Tyler from freely exercising his constitutional rights has been thrown out by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinatti, OH. The three judges voted unanimously to restore Tyler's rights as an American citizen. From the Wall Street Journal
"The government’s interest in keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill is not sufficiently related to depriving the mentally healthy, who had a distant episode of commitment, of their constitutional rights," wrote Judge Danny Boggs, an appointee of President Ronald Reagan, for the panel.
This could just be the first of many such rulings.
Adam Winkler, a Second Amendment expert and law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the ruling could give momentum to the gun-rights movement. "I wouldn’t be surprised to see legal challenges to other parts of the [federal gun] law now," he said.
The upshot is that Tyler is mentally healthy, and should be treated as such, rather than unfairly stigmatized because he became distraught over his divorce 28 years ago.
Liberals are, predictably, upset that an American citizen who's never harmed another person is able to purchase a gun.