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US Court Gives Mentally Ill Right to Own Gun.

TEHRAN (FNA)- A US federal appeals court concluded that a history of mental illness should not bar citizens from owning a weapon in a first such ruling that may expand the rights of millions of US gun owners.

A federal law barring a Michigan man in 2011 from owning a gun because he was committed to a mental institution more than 20 years earlier is unconstitutional, a three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based court ruled December 18, Newsmax reported.

A provision in law that bans gun ownership for anyone "adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution" violates the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, the panel found.

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