Skip to comments.Department of Veterans Affairs: We Will Not Comply With New York’s Gun Law
Posted on 03/11/2013 5:15:34 PM PDT by rustyweiss74
Citing a pesky little thing known as the Constitution of the United States, the Department of Veterans Affairs has vowed that they will not comply with a provision in the New York SAFE Act that requires doctors to alert authorities to people they deem likely to pose a threat.
Via New York World:
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said it will not comply with New York States new law requiring mental health providers to report potentially dangerous individuals to state authorities.
The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, the sweeping gun-control law that goes into effect this week, calls on doctors and therapists to alert county health officials to patients they deem likely to engage in conduct that will result in serious self-injury or harm to others.
Once notified of potentially harmful individuals, the state will check their names against a new state database of licensed gun owners. If theres a match, local law enforcement will be authorized to remove weapons if their owner does not voluntarily surrender them.
Mark Ballesteros, spokesperson for the Department of Veterans Affairs, said that the U.S. Constitution forces his agency to follow federal law, not New Yorks new rules.
Federal laws safeguarding the confidentiality of veterans treatment records do not authorize VA mental-health professionals to comply with this NY State law, he said in an emailed statement.
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Federal law pre-empts state law - when the two conflict.
But New York’s dumb ass grandstanding anti-gun legislators rushed the SAFE Act into law without first checking whether it violated federal law.
And New York can’t force the federal government to disregard controlling federal law when it comes to protecting patient confidentiality - such as in VA hospitals and clinics.
How long will it take Obama and Homeland Insecurity to slap the hospital around and make them comply?