List of people barred by mental treatment doubles in size
FBI reports the list has more than doubled in size, from 175,000 to 400,000.
This sorta thing is why I didn't take umbrage at the bill proposed a while back to change things. It didn't add anyone to the prohibited persons list. It would have expanded the number of names on the list, but anyone who had been committed but was able to get a firearm because they weren't on the list would be liable for a felony charge anyway. It did give people on the list a way to get off, for the first time. A person convicted of a felony can in most states get his firearm rights restored after passage of time -- but there is no such procedure for a person who has had a mental committment. They're barred for life, period. I judged changing that would be worth having more names on the list, when everybody being added was already barred and would be set up for a felony charge anyway.
UPDATE: originally, the Fed rule was once a felon, always one, no matter what State law provided. Then the 1986 amendments to GCA changed that, and allowed State restorations of rights to restore Federal rights as well. (Exact execution depends on State law -- in AZ it was originally automatic, then gun rights took a separate motion (while other civil rights were restored automatically), then the legislature put in a detailed system where the person must wait so many years if it was some classes of offense, a longer time if it was in certain classes, and never if it was a really serious offense).
There's some area of dispute (for example, some States have "expungement" of records that doesn't really expunge them -- they're still on record and can be used to prove a second offense -- does that count as expungement of the conviction?)