When you’re dealing with a piece of paper required to purchase a gun, the answers on that paper are either truthful or not. In the case of 24 year old David Katz, the Jacksonville shooter, they were not “exactly” truthful.
Jacksonville shooter – the loophole
The ATF- NICS gun purchase paperwork is 6 pages long. The first page is for the buyer/purchaser to fill out. That page has an important question:
“Have you ever been adjudicated as a mental defective OR have you ever been placed in a mental institution?”
Jacksonville shooter David Katz had a history of mental illness and behavioral problems. When he was 12, he had been prescribed Risperdal, a schizophrenic/bipolar treatment, but resisted that treatment (as many mentally ill people do). He had been placed in two different psychiatric hospitals, one in 2007 for 12 days, and one later for 13 days.
But the word “adjudicated” here is a key one. How did he get the two guns he brought to the Madden 19 Gaming Tournament? He bought them “legally.” Both of his times in mental institutions occurred while Katz was a juvenile. He frequently missed school, and had enrolled in college, but dropped out.
Blue Lives Matter reported,
“Sheriff Williams said that both guns Katz brought to the gaming tournament had been legally purchased in Maryland.
It was unclear how Katz was able to purchase the weapons because his home state has outlawed the sale of a gun to someone who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, or who has a history of violent behavior, according to WJXT.
However, both of his inpatient stays at mental hospitals occurred while Katz was a juvenile, and federal law puts the onus on the buyer to inform the seller if they have ever been involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
All of the publicly-available information about his mental history that has been discovered so far has come from his parents’ divorce records.”
Katz was able to purchase the guns without anyone flagging his file, simply because he was a juvenile when the incidents occurred and the important paperwork was placed in his parents’ divorce file.
The fact that he was able to read the NICs form and respond with a ‘no’ speaks volumes. He shouldn’t be able to plead insanity, and should be held competent to stand trial.