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    Default Will Being Detailed Under the Baker Act Affect Future Firearms Ownership

    Would being held on a 72-hour Baker Act with no priors or history effect my ability to purchase a firearm.

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    Default Re: Florida Baker Act

    People committed under the Baker Act are not included in databases for background checks on gun purchases.

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    Default Re: Florida Baker Act

    While i cannot speak to Florida's inclusion of mental health commitments in a database the state checks for firearm purchases, it IS unlawful in FL for people committed involuntarily for a mental health evaluation (i.e.Baker Act) to own or possess a firearm.

    EDIT: Yes, it appears FL has MECOM which is checked for firearms purchases. I believe this is a component of law in all states now.

    https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/FPP..._06022014.aspx
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    Default Re: Florida Baker Act

    A Baker Act commitment is not a finding of mental illness, which takes a court finding that would only occur should the facility pursue action to keep the person beyond the 72 hours. It is NOT recorded in the background check databases for gun purchases according to the Florida AG.

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