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Hi, I’m from North New Jersey and wanted to purchase my first firearm (handgun). I’m 25 and I worked at the local police department that I reside in before deciding to look for something else but we are all on good terms. To buy a handgun in NJ you have to go through a mental health evaluation. So I would have to go into the same Department I used to work in.

When I was in high school I was bullied by some kids so my parents wanted me to see a counselor, I saw him twice and he diagnosed me with depression and prescribed me medication. My parents took me to someone else to get a second opinion and he said there was no way I was depressed, and places like that make their money off of prescribing medication. They have to diagnose you with something so they can prescribe you drugs and schedule endless meeting at the cost of the insurance company. He said I was fine.

Skip ahead 5 years and I apply at a PD. They gave me a physiological test which focuses on “Are you depressed or racist”. I passed. When I applied to the PD they never asked about mental health or at least nothing that retains to what I went through. I never lied is what I’m saying. On a PD application they really only ask “Have you been arrested? Have you ever used drugs?” That’s no problem.

PROBLEM 1: Will this be found in a mental health evaluation? I’m sure if it did come up the detective would not be allowed to tell people “Hey, Tim was depressed as a kid” but people gossip and if a different Department called and asked about me I wouldn’t want them bringing anything like that up.

PROBLEM 2: Will this deny me from getting a handgun? It would be up to the PD that I used to work in. The idea of them issuing me a firearm to carry around one day but then saying I’m not healthy enough to buy one the next seems ridiculous but hey, it’s the Government.

I’ve read that it will NOT come up and I’ve also read about people getting denied in NJ for being diagnosed with ADHD. Any help?
 

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I'm a NJ resident. I'm at work but I'll respond in detail to your original post later tonight. In short. You have nothing to worry about. You do not get a mental health evaluation at the police department you simple sign a form allowing the state police access to your mental health records. Give the the police your two forms and you'll be good to go.
I really appreciate that and thank you. I'm less worried now.
 
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