Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Michigan CPL Class FAQ: Will An Afghan Vet Diagnosed With Minor PTSD Be Denied A Michigan CPL?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: I am an Afghan Vet who has been diagnosed with minor PTSD by the VA. Should I ever have to go before a CPL board, should I bring this up as a 'mental illness'?

A: To start, you should never intentionally hide anything that could be construed as omitting a "material fact," while under oath at gun board hearing.

Personally, I am not a mental health professional, so I can't determine whether your condition is a disqualifying mental illness.

Secondly, you have the right to discuss with your respective gun board any issue that relates to your mental fitness for a CPL behind closed doors.

Finally, if you are required to appear before a gun board, especially if your condition is a potential issue, it is my highest recommendation that you exercise your right to be represented by a capable and skilled attorney in firearms law. Presumably, your attorney will have access to a qualified mental health professional to testify on your behalf, if needed. If you don't know any good lawyers, I can endorse one for you.

You are strongly encouraged to not only conduct your own independent research but to also consult with a competent and qualified attorney before acting upon any information in this article. Laws covering self-defense, lethal force, firearms, and the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and their enforcement are always subject to change due to laws being amended, politics conducted in the Prosecutor's Office, and election results at all levels of government. Ignorance of the law, legally speaking, is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. The penalties and fines imposed upon violators of firearms related offenses are stiff and severe.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

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