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Old February 15, 2013, 07:10 PM   #19
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I knowledge your point. The fact is that I was "involuntarily admitted." not just "admitted."
For cripe's sake - you were NOT "admitted". You were "temporarily detained" - that's why it's called a "Temporary Detention Order". Words have meanings, especially when it comes to the law and medicine. If you had been "admitted", then you would have been living at a mental health facility as a patient, and receiving treatment/therapy while living there.

It's just like being "admitted" to any other type of hospital. Just because you went to the E.R., that doesn't mean you were admitted. If the E.R. doctors say "we're going to admit you for further tests", then you're assigned a room, and you're generally not leaving until you're discharged. THAT'S "admitted".

"Admission" (voluntary or involuntary) is something that happens after the TDO, if it happens at all.

If a TDO by itself were enough to revoke your gun rights, then the laws you're looking at would be much shorter. They rules wouldn't need to talk about stuff like "involuntary admission", "voluntary admission" and "mandatory outpatient treatment".

You were the subject of a TDO, and as a result of the TDO, the doctors decided NOT to involuntarily admit you as a patient at a mental health facility. You did NOT voluntarily admit yourself as a patient at a mental health facility, and you were NOT ordered into mandatory outpatient treatment. You volunteered for outpatient treatment, and voluntary outpatient treatment isn't covered by any of the gun-rights revocation rules.

By all means, see if you can find a gun-savvy Virginia lawyer who will sit you down for ten minutes pro bono. Because right now, you're twisting yourself up over nothing.

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