Faith, Forensics, and Firearms:
A Case Study with Discussion of Professional and Spiritual Considerations for Forensic Experts of Faith
Charles Zeiders, PsyD
86 West Eagle Road, Havertown, PA 19083
This article studies a case in which a Christian citizen petitioned the courts for restoration of his firearms privileges years after he had endured an involuntary hospitalization. The article is divided into 3 sections: Section one introduces the case and narrates how ethics were a primary consideration in assuming the assignment and describes the unfolding of the proceedings. Especially important to the legal determination was the documented impact of the citizen’s religious experience—which was embedded in other health and safety promoting processes. Section two provides a blinded rendition of the forensic report which demonstrated that the citizen was mentally fit to carry arms safely. Section Three furnishes a brief interview between the author and the Journal of Christin Healing; it explores professional and spiritual issues surrounding forensic practice and the considerations of the Christian psychologist.