Cuomo sued by veteran after insomnia treatment prompts gun confiscation

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrives for his inaugural ceremony at One World Trade Center in New York, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. At right is Sandra Lee, girlfriend of Gov. Cuomo. Cuomo kicked off his second term as governor Thursday with a pep talk, urging New Yorkers to lead by example through some of the nation's worst problems. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool) By Kellan Howell – The Washington Times – Saturday, January 3, 2015
A U.S. Navy veteran and retired police detective is suing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials for confiscating his gun permit and four handguns after he voluntarily sought medical treatment for insomnia.
In a lawsuit filed Dec. 17 in a U.S. District Court in Rochester, N.Y., Donald Montgomery claimed his constitutional rights were violated by the state’s SAFE Act — a law Mr. Cuomo signed in Jan. 2013 that is considered one of the toughest gun laws in the country, the Daily Caller reported Friday.
Mr. Montgomery sought treatment for insomnia on May 6, shortly after he and his wife moved to N.Y. from another state to be closer to family. The stressful move involved the purchase of a new home and selling an old one, hundreds of miles away, according to Mr. Montgomery’s complaint.
Several days after his first doctor’s visit, Mr. Montgomery went to the emergency room at Eastern Long Island Hospital, still suffering from insomnia. He was diagnosed with depression and insomnia, prescribed medication and told to follow up with a doctor if symptoms did not improve, The Daily Caller reported.
On May 23, Mr. Montgomery was back in the doctor’s office with the same complaint and was monitored at the facility for 48 hours.
Now Mr. Montgomery is alleging in the suit that hospital staff mistakenly listed him as an involuntarily admitted patient, which triggered a portion of the SAFE Act that requires health professionals to report individuals who are deemed threats to themselves or to others according to mental health directors, the Daily Caller reported.
That notification is then reported to the department of criminal justice services.
But Mr. Montgomery’s suit claims that there is no documentation that he was diagnosed with mental health issues.

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2 Responses to Cuomo sued by veteran after insomnia treatment prompts gun confiscation

  1. sonsothunder says:

    Good for him. Need to make the stand.


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