ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The federal Department of Veterans Affairs says its mental health professionals won’t comply with a new gun law in New York that requires them to report the names of patients they believe likely to hurt themselves or others.
The reporting provision is set to take effect Saturday.
The VA has announced they are opting out, saying they’re protected from state laws by the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged limits to the law.
“It leaves it totally up to the mental health provider if they want to come forward or not. It’s totally up to them,” Cuomo told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “Depending on the institution or the organization, they may have pre-existing legal parameters.”