NAMI WA Position

National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington – Position on Initiative 1491

Initiative 1491

“NAMI Washington is taking a neutral position on Initiative 1491.  We recognize that the intent of the initiative is to keep firearms out of the hands of people at significant risk of harm to self or others. We also recognize that 80% of all deaths due to firearms in Washington State are suicides.  However we have concerns that the specific identification of mental illness in the bill will pose a significant deterrent to care for the very people who need it most.  We are concerned that creating new firearms laws based on mental illness would have the effect of erecting more barriers to treatment, by raising fears that seeking help will result in loss of gun ownership rights.  This law would also reinforce false public perceptions about the relationship between mental illness and gun violence.  The objective of Initiative 1491 can be accomplished without including specific identification of mental illness in the bill.”

Source: Email from NAMI WA to David Combs, dated June 16, 2016.

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