Father charged in daughter’s death purchased gun despite mental illness

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DUNCANNON, Pa. (WHTM) – A new finding in the Ciara Meyer investigation has brought light to the issue of who is reviewing applications for gun permits.

Don Meyer is jailed on criminal homicide charges linked to the death of his daughter, Ciara.

The Perry County DA says when Meyer allegedly pointed a rifle at a constable that was serving an eviction notice at his home, he set into motion the events that resulted in the death of Ciara.

Police say Meyer wasn’t supposed to have any weapons. His history of mental illness should have prevented him from purchasing a weapon.

Meyer was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric institution in 2011. Under the law, that means Meyer could not possess any weapons.

Still, Meyer was able to purchase a gun a year later.

Meyer’s brother in law found his gun application when cleaning out Meyers apartment. It shows that Meyer checked no when asked about any prior mental health issues.

Regardless, the application should have been flagged when it was run through the system.

By law, the county mental health administrator is required to report persons who are involuntarily committed to state police. In this instance, it would have been Dauphin County.

State police say their records indicate they were never notified about Don Meyers’ involuntary commitment.

Dauphin County was contacted by ABC 27. They said they could not comment on the issue due to HIPPA laws.

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