Oregon's Gun Relief Program for Adjudicated Mentally Ill Persons: The Psychiatric Security Review Board

Juliet Britton, Joseph D. Bloom

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Abstract

This article describes the State of Oregon's implementation of two programs designed to comply with federal gun laws regarding reporting individuals who have received mental health adjudications in criminal and civil courts. One mandate requires that states submit names of adjudicated individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) while the second requires that the state establish a qualifying gun restoration program for those disqualified from gun ownership. In 2009, Oregon's Legislature developed an administrative approach to gun restoration and assigned the responsibility for conducting these hearing to the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB). The PSRB is a state administrative board that has existed since 1977 and has been primarily focused on the supervision and treatment of adult and juvenile insanity acquittees. The gun restoration program began in 2010, but to date has only received three completed petitions requesting restoration of firearm rights. The article concludes with a discussion that surmises why very few of the Oregonians who are listed in NICS have submitted petitions for relief.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-333
Number of pages11
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Volume33
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law

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