A gun limit on which Hoosiers should agree
An Indiana Court of Appeals decision affirms what most Americans believe: Enforce laws that keep weapons from those who suffer mental illness.
A Monroe County judge had ruled that Robert Redington was dangerous and should not be allowed to possess firearms.
A year ago, Bloomington police found Redington on the third level of a parking garage across from the bar where Indiana University student Lauren Spierer was last seen before she was reported missing in 2011.
Redington was equipped with a range finder, trained on Kilroys Bar-n-Grill. He told police he staked out the bar in hopes of seeing Spierer or communicating with spirits that could tell him where she could be found. Redington had a shotgun and another gun in his car. A search of his Indianapolis home revealed 48 weapons, some placed under the sheets and pillows of his bed.
Police retained Redingtons weapons under a state law passed after Indianapolis Patrolman Timothy Laird was fatally shot in August 2004 by a mentally ill man who had killed his mother and then walked through the neighborhood firing an assault rifle.
Mental health officials told the judge that Redington may suffer from a delusional disorder or a paranoia disorder, in addition to schizotypal personality disorder. The court ruled there was clear and convincing evidence that he was potentially dangerous.
When gun-rights advocates make their case, they often insist that mental illness – not guns – is the problem. Heres a case where law enforcement and the courts recognized a problem and did the right thing. Gun-rights advocates should agree.