Buffalo, New York attorney Jim Tresmond, of the Tresmond Law Firm, recently claimed that two people using anti-anxiety medication were forced to give up their gun permits per the state police.
"We are representing a client right now who is impacted by this onerous activity of the government," said Tresmond told WBEN.com. "We were flummoxed by this whole matter. The HIPPA act is supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It's a gross invasion of our privacy rights."
When asked who was responsible for the permit confiscation, Tresmond said: "The State Police. Based on information the county received from the New York State Police, they've suspended the permits."
Max Tresmond, also of the Tresmond Law Firm, told USACarry.com:
John Doe, an upstanding professional with no outstanding criminal convictions and no history of violent action received a letter from the Pistol Permit Department informing him that his license was immediately revoked upon information that he was seeing a therapist for anxiety and had been prescribed an anxiety drug. He was never suicidal, never violent, and has no criminal history. The New York State Department of Health is apparently conducting a search of medical records to determine who is being treated for anxiety drugs and using this as a basis for handgun license revocation.
I would like to add that the police departments are demanding that whomever turns in a pistol also turn in accessories for that pistol such as magazines, despite the fact that these magazines are not firearms themselves and anyone can purpose a magazine without a pistol license. Even more troubling was the fact that the police officer taking custody of the pistols cheerily informed the client that "the department" would be destroying his pistols if they were not retrieved within one year. When she was questioned as to what he should do should he choose to sell the pistols out of state, given that he has a property right to the monetary value of the gun, she became confused, her expressions changed to perplexed, and she made a referral to another officer.