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Hello,You may not be able to get a carry permit if the state knows you are in therapy, but you still have your gun rights. You would lose the right to own a gun if you were at any point involuntarily committed to a mental institution, if it has been judicially determined that you are disabled as a result of your mental health condition, if you've been adjudicated a mental defective or if the court has had to appoint a conservator for you as a result of mental illness.If none of the above apply, the fact that you have depression and it is controlled lawfully by prescribed medication should not cost you your gun rights. If any of the above does apply however, it would bar you under Federal as well as state law. Moving to Virginia wouldn't change the picture. Federal law trumps state law everywhere in the country.
So, just to clarify, I WONT have to give up the guns I own currently if I get treated for depression via either a therapist or perscription medication, but I wont get a carry permit, correct?
Also, can you please define the word adjudicated? Is that a legal desicion made by a Judge in a state/federal court of law, or is that something a doctor can deceide to do just on a whim? Say I go to a doctor, and he deceides that I am depressed, but I disagree. Can he make the desicion to "adjudicate" that I am mentally defective or is there some sort of legal process through the courts?
Also, if I am diagnosed as having depression and start taking a perscription medication, do I lose any legal rights, such as the right to vote in elections? Would I be considered legally mentally ill? Would any of this show up on background checks for jobs, or visa applications to foreign countries?
Thank you !
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