Thats against the law Man
Join Date: Jul 2004
Holding Period and Background Check
Here's the dilemma, my Dad called me yesterday to tell me that his wife (my stepmother) had just commited suicide - she shot herself. She's been in an unstable mental state for about the past 2 years, recovering alcoholic, and seeing multiple Doctors who all had her on different medications. She attempted suicide a few years back, and even spent a little bit of time in the looney ward on a couple of occasions. However, about 2 months ago she all-of-a-sudden began showing significant improvements. Enough so that she started getting out and going for walks with the dog, etc. They live in a pretty nice community (lake front) out at Eagle Mountain....so it's a good safe place for her to get out and go for walks and such on nice days....this seemed to really be helping her, and my Dad was finally feeling positive that she was getting better.
My Pop removed all of his guns from the house quite some time ago, and did not recognize the gun that she used...it was a snub-nose .38 revolver. The cops did some investigating, and found out that she had purchased it from a Pawn shop that is only about 3-4 miles from their house, back on 6/21....the Pawn broker remembered her coming in, had her signature, and was even able to bring up video tape of the transaction.
So here's my question, and what my Dad is working with some other folks to figure out right now....if there is this holding period, why would they let her come in and walk out with a gun? We had thought there was a 10-day holding period? Additionally, when they do check background, is it only for criminal history, or do they also check for any history of mental illness?
I own quite a few fire arms, but most of mine were inherited from my grandfather (he was a gun collector)...I think the last time I bought one was back about 10 years ago from the Dallas gun show, so I've never dealt with the holding period before myself.
And FYI -Personally I only blame her, but I'm trying to help Dad get through his blame stage....just trying to help him figure it out.
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Last edited by Rreemo; 07-01-2008 at 02:48 PM.