Would the gun community be opposed to such a measure?
I don't want to hijack any of the other threads about the possibility of upcoming legislation regarding the 2A or assault weapons so I am starting this new thread.
Currently on the 4473 there is a question regarding if the the purchaser has had a history of mental illness. That is all well and good and I don't think many folks would argue against keeping mentally ill people from purchasing firearms.
What I am looking for is responses to placing an additional question on the 4473 or some other restictions in the way of asking if there is anyone who has lived or is currently living with the purchaser of the firearm who has a history of mental illness.
My thoughts are if you have someone who has a mental illness living with you and you are going to own firearms there might be some restriction which would force you to secure those firearms. In Texas we have penalties for making a readily dischargable firearm available to someone under 17 years of age. The penalty is a class C misdemeanor if they gain access and a class A if they injure themselves or someone else. Logic would dictate that if a penalty should be there for minors why would there not be a penalty for allowing someone who isn't mentally fit to have access to the firearm as well.
I would like to hear the pros and cons for such a question on the 4473, and solutions to put some type of penalty there if a person doesn't keep their firearms secure from those who are mentally unstable.
Yes there would have to be exceptions if the person gain access illegally to your firearms. However, just as if you loose your firearm to a burglary or other cause, you certainly should report the loss or theft.