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Ivan J. Pecnik, Gowanda, NY (from:
Janet G. Pecnik); Joe Miller, Nashville,
IN (from: Olivia Hobby); Doug Lynn,
Reno, NV (from: Peter and Rosemary
Wittlinger); James N. O'Harra, Peoria,
AZ (from: Mary T. O'Harra); Gray Taylor,
Mount Pleasant, SC (from: Palmetto
Gun Club); David Barillo, Mount
Pleasant, SC (from: Palmetto Gun
Club); Glenn Burnett, Opdyke, IL
(from: Evelyn Burnett); Butch Rhea,
Somerville, TN (from: Robertson Trading
Post); Ronald W. Jones, Johnson City,
NY (from: MaryAnn K. Jones); CMSgt
Donald Snyder Jr., San Antonio, TX
(from: Bertha Snyder); John Devlin,
San Antonio, TX (from: Florence Devlin);
Spencer J. Black, Emmaus, PA (from:
Shirley Black); Clyde Neal, Bradenton,
FL (from: Sonya Neal); William Grawe,
Cincinnati, OH (from: Joyce Grawe);
Thomas L. Sayre, Letart, WV (from:
Louease Sayre); Jerry Bostic, Stanley,
NC (from: Peggy Bostic); Gene Bauer,
(from: Rosemarye Bauer).

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orthwell Health, the largest health
system and largest private employer
in New York State, has announced
a research study called, bizarrely, "We Ask
Everyone. Firearm Safety is a Health Issue."
The project will require, as part of routine
screening of emergency room patients, asking
questions about firearm ownership and guns in
the home. Implementation will begin at three
Northwell hospitals initially (two on Long Island
and one on Staten Island), with plans to expand
the program to include "inpatient and ambulatory settings" across all of its facilities.
Northwell Health has reportedly refused to
disclose what the questions will be, although
the responses will be "scored and embedded
into the patient's electronic health record" and
used to "establish next steps for care."
It's not clear how this squares with the
Affordable Care Act, 42 U.S.C.A. § 300gg-17(c),
and the prohibition against a health care provider, a wellness and prevention plan manager,
or a health, wellness or prevention services
organization requiring disclosure of or collecting information on lawful ownership of firearms
or firearms stored or kept in a residence, but
the program is being funded by a $1.4 million
grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Residents of the Empire State need to
understand how "We Ask Everyone" dovetails
with an existing law on mandatory mentalhealth reporting and disarming gun owners.
Under 2013's SAFE Act, the drastic guncontrol legislation passed by the New York
State Legislature and signed into law by
Governor Andrew Cuomo, an amendment
to the state Mental Hygiene Law created a
mandatory reporting requirement for mentalhealth professionals. Physicians, psychologists,
registered nurses and licensed clinical social
workers providing treatment services are
now required to report any client who, in the
exercise of reasonable professional judgment,
the treatment provider considers "likely to
engage in conduct that would result in serious
harm to self or others." If a local government
official agrees with the report, the report must
be shared with the New York State Division of
Criminal Justice Services to disarm persons in
possession of a state firearms license and guns.
The law confines the use of the report
exclusively to the question of the person's
ability to own or possess firearms; it is not
used for treatment or to safeguard other
persons who may be at risk.
Persons who have been reported do not
have access to the report or to the name of
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the reporting treatment provider. There is no
due process, hearing, adjudication of mental
illness or determination of dangerousness, or
a requirement for a court order. Once the division of criminal justice services is notified, if the
person has a firearm license or has applied for
one, the license is automatically revoked, and
the person must surrender the license and all
firearms, or the firearms will be confiscated by
law enforcement. The whole scheme rests on
an assertion by a treatment provider that cannot be challenged by the person affected.
Many in the mental-health care community
resented being transformed into agents of
the state and questioned the effectiveness
of the law. The New York State Psychiatric
Association, an association representing psychiatrists practicing in the state that "supports
gun-control measures in general," opposed the
reporting requirement and its focus on guns
rather than mental health: "Following discussions with OMH [New York State Office of
Mental Health] staff, it has become clear that
the intent of the SAFE Act reporting requirement is solely to limit access to legal firearms
and not to protect individuals from imminent
risk of harm to self or others."
A New York Times article published the year
after the requirement became law confirmed
there were significant failures in design and
implementation. First, the "threshold for
reporting is so low" that "frontline mental

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