Originally Posted by Manta 49
Would police and army or similar organisations not have any psychiatric checks or tests before they are let lose with firearms. If so why not civilians.
My response may seem short and facile, but if an expansion would be useful to you, I would be happy to provide it.
The civilian keeping and bearing of arms is a matter of right, and a constitutionally explicit and fundamental one. The government may not curtail that right without due process. A psychiatric "check"is not due process, though a medical opinion can be an important step on the road to being adjudicated an incompetent.