Symptom-Based Gun Control

21 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2014

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Fredrick E. Vars

University of Alabama - School of Law

Date Written: January 23, 2014


People out of touch with reality shouldn’t have guns. I propose empowering police officers to take away gun rights from individuals suffering from delusions or hallucinations. This proposal is inspired by the Navy Yard shooting, but is also supported by evidence showing a correlation between psychotic symptoms and violence. I argue that the proposal would be constitutional.

Keywords: Navy yard, gun control, mental illness, delusions, hallucinations, symptoms, violence, second amendment, due process

Suggested Citation

Vars, Fredrick E., Symptom-Based Gun Control (January 23, 2014). Connecticut Law Review, Forthcoming, U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2384144, Available at SSRN:

Fredrick E. Vars (Contact Author)

University of Alabama - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

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