‘Gun Owners Need A Mental Health Card,’ says Dog the Bounty Hunter

Duane Chapman, or as he’s more widely known, “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” appeared on Newsmax last month to talk about crime control with Eric Bolling, the host of “The Balance.”  

When asked about ways to reduce gun-related violence, the TV personality offered up this suggestion: mental health cards for all gun owners.

“Just because some people have been shot in a park or at a supermarket to have a law to say you can’t have one there didn’t work in the first place. Here’s my idea after 40 some years of experience. You need a mental health card from a doctor that says you qualify to be able to own a gun,” Chapman explained.

“You have to have a mental evaluation, believe this or not, to be a psychologist. You have to have a mental evaluation to be a police officer, a fireman. There are so many jobs in America where you have to have a mental evaluation,” he continued.  

Dog also said one should be forthcoming with a list of 10 references and that the card should be renewed every two years.

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Bolling immediately pushed back at that notion, correctly pointing out that more red tape between 2A rights and law-abiding citizens only works to disarm those in the most vulnerable communities.  

“Joe 6-pack and Sally Mainstreet have to jump through 100 hoops to get a gun to defend ourselves when the bad guys are on the mean streets just picking up guns,” said Boiling.

While the two disagreed on the mental health card requirement, they found common ground in cracking down on violent criminals caught with unserialized firearms.

“OK, so they’re going to buy hot guns without serial numbers? They are going to be punished for five years,” Chapman told Newsmax.

Dog is a convicted felon and cannot legally own a firearm under federal law. Back in the ’70s, he was convicted of first-degree murder after an altercation with a marijuana dealer turned deadly.

Dog was apparently driving the getaway car after his friend fatally shot the drug dealer. Though he was sentenced to five years, he only spent a year and a half in prison, according to Cinema Blend.

Dog and his team of bounty hunters only use less-lethal measures while pursuing fugitives from justice.

“We’ve used all non-lethal weapons. We’re going to get the lead out of the bullet and replace it with rubber and or wood. I’ve shown a thousand arrests on different networks in America in the last 15 years and I’ve been attacked (by) … machetes, shopping carts, guns, knives. I’ve shot a lot, but I’ve never killed (anyone) because on my team you will not use a lethal weapon. It’s not the gun that kills or the officer. It’s the lead in the bullet,” Dog told Fox News Primetime in 2021.

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  • Dale July 8, 2022, 12:14 am

    Dog, go eat a giant bag of dicks

  • Rob July 6, 2022, 6:30 pm

    The real problem is that doctors and psychologists hand out prescriptions for antidepressants like candy!! Read the side effects … suicidal, violent, etc. Nearly all of these mass murdering nut jobs are on antidepressants! Solution: anyone receiving a prescription for an antidepressant drug must acknowledge and surrender their 2A right until 30 to 60 days AFTER they stop taking the drug. Physicians not reporting the prescription to NICS automatically lose their license to practice medicine.

  • Dale July 4, 2022, 3:07 pm

    Other than this, he’s not worth a comment.

  • L. Thomas July 3, 2022, 11:22 pm

    Does anyone really care what this bottle blond wrinkled freak show says?

  • Rich Tess July 3, 2022, 8:53 pm

    This guy is a fool ,, mental health card ??? ., this old hippy looks like he’s a mental case . And just who is going to give these mental test , ill tell you its going to wind up in the governments hands and here we go again .
    Dog i think you need to shut up period ….

  • Dogman197 July 3, 2022, 9:25 am

    Who do I know, that he knows, cares what he thinks?

  • oldfuzz695 July 2, 2022, 1:25 pm

    So, what nut shrink is going to do these evaluations for free? Also, cost of travel time, expenses, and who is the gov. flunky who decides this list. Bull S–t to the core. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Can you Lib finks grasp it?!

  • Bemused Berserker July 2, 2022, 11:53 am

    Yeah, I’m gonna run right out and get me one of them there Mental Cards because a Narcissistic Felon says I need one… NOT!

  • KING JEFF July 2, 2022, 11:21 am

    You don’t want celebrities making your Second Amendment decisions they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED ! Not by some psychologist !

  • PHIL July 1, 2022, 9:34 pm

    …I wonder when was the last time the ol’dogg looked in the mirror, or, watched one of his own old dumb ass episodes ??

    Question: 1.) …does he actually think he could obtain one of the “METAL Health Cards” ? 2.) under WHAT Classification could the Dogg be considered Normal ??
    3.) ?? How much was he Paid to be a “Poster Boy” for the radical left Anti-Gunners ?

  • Christopher July 1, 2022, 9:16 pm

    Yeah, let’s listen to this egotistical idiot regarding one’s mental health status. Maybe he should take a long look in the mirror. And I say egotistical because, I drove by his house in Hawaii and there’s a 10 foot picture of him on the gate. Which locals told me, “Gets vandalized on a regular basis”.

  • PhilMW July 1, 2022, 7:41 pm

    …I wonder when was the last time ol’dogg looked in the mirror, or, watched an old episode of his own dumb ass series ???
    QUESTION: 1.) Does he believe that he could actually obtain one of the “MENTAL Health Cards” 🤔 ??
    2.) Under WHAT Classification would they consider the’dogg normal ?
    3.) ?? How much did he get paid to be a Poster Boy for the anti-gunners ?

  • Jeffrey Curtis Slosson July 1, 2022, 6:37 pm

    Bad Doggie! You can’t even own a gun so you’re butthurt that others can. This guy’s just an excon with a bad haircut.

  • LJ July 1, 2022, 5:36 pm

    We’re supposed to take constructive criticism from this mullet-wearing POS criminal? That’s a laugh. If ANYBODY needs their head examined it’s that idiot.

  • Comanche July 1, 2022, 3:28 pm

    Dog, r u still claiming to be of indigenous American peoples (as I understand it) but no tribe is having any part of it! Sort of like Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren! Try getting a hold of the Fugowie Tribe, maybe they’ll lay claim to you, they accept all types of assClowns with n without psychological. cards
    Comanche out!!!%

  • A. R. Stellyes July 1, 2022, 2:23 pm

    This suggestion from a known criminal himself!! Any advice from him would be as welcome as a third nipple on your elbow!!!

    • survivor50 July 2, 2022, 9:14 pm

      ‘ Dog the Bounty Hunter Needs A Mental Health Card,’ says Gun Owners…


      • Ej harbet July 5, 2022, 9:50 am

        Dog the murderer needs a haircut from a wood chipper

  • Scott July 1, 2022, 2:19 pm

    I, and my research partner, are the only people in the world who have a model in science that describes how the brain operates, its architecture, operating parameters, and the design, function, purpose and operating principles of emotions which are the brain’s primary building blocks. It took us twenty-five years to develop. I can tell “Dog the Bounty Hunter” unequivocally that his suggestion is utter nonsense. We were the first people to develop the only model that says what the brain is supposed to – what normal processing looks like. I believe I have the standing to say we are still decades away from creating tests to certify what normal is. And don’t even get me started on how mental illness can start at any point in life nullifying a “test that certifies normalacy” taken the week before.

  • jim July 1, 2022, 1:57 pm

    What could possibly go wrong? It will easy and quick to get a mental health card. Just answer one simple question.

    Are you registered as a Republican?

    Simple process….

    • Hobby July 1, 2022, 6:45 pm

      I am with you on that one, my friend!

  • Tony D July 1, 2022, 1:19 pm

    I think dog should just stay out of stuff he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about he’s a joke always has been always will be and come to the states and chase real criminal s where you can get your butt shot off because you hardly seen him taking anyone down and I’m sure his BS show is staged

  • Dit July 1, 2022, 1:17 pm

    One question on gun permit application:

    1. Who did you vote for in the last election?

    If Democrat, tear up the application.
    If Republican issue gun.

    All of the violent gun crimes have been caused by democrats and Hillary Deplorables (Illegals, unemployed, border jumpers)

  • Dan Lee July 1, 2022, 1:12 pm

    This jerk off “Dog” is a celebrity wanna be……… so of course he spews crap

  • John Michael Steele July 1, 2022, 12:58 pm


    Who cares about what that slug thinks? Amazing!

  • Maha July 1, 2022, 12:40 pm

    Re-qualifing for mental competence every two years? Uh huh. So the Democratic junta that has fraudulently won the last election alters the test to make sure an applicant fails if he/she leans toward the 2A, or the Constitution in general.

  • Anthony July 1, 2022, 12:34 pm

    And you need a hair cut

  • Alan S July 1, 2022, 12:23 pm

    Why does anyone give a shit what a convicted felon has to say. Waste of time talking to that moron.

  • Richard Wayne July 1, 2022, 11:02 am

    I couldn’t care less what the convicted felon “Dog” thinks. I’m sure Mrs. dog is rolling in her grave.

  • Richard Cranium July 1, 2022, 10:47 am

    Dog is a douchebag. Just because he effed up, committed a Felony and can’t have guns, sees the worst side of humanity chasing bond jumpers, does not wualify him to be a constitutional scholar. It just means he has an extremely biased opinion of mankind in general. Too bad he wasn’t after me because he wouldn’t have made it 40 years. He’d have been done in the first time he tried to eff with a real bad guy like in Chicago, NYC, or Los Angeles. Dog is a pussy….cat. See you never again bitch, I mean Dog.

  • Thomas Gill July 1, 2022, 10:40 am

    I have had plenty of jobs that you had to have mental evaluation from psychologist who hates guns. I have had friends with 25-30 years in LEO in California fail mental health evaluation because while LEO was shot. This was to get his Armed Security License from BSIS. There are mental health psychologist that are anti-gun activist and the questions are all the same but how you ask the question and who is asking can change out come. I have had several and my last one was this really nice interviewer. That is not always the situation. Dog Bounty Hunter has a dysfunction family and back ground. I have had a Psychologist tell me you would have to be crazy to want to be a Cop in a large city. There you go.

  • Joe July 1, 2022, 10:19 am

    Said the ex-con who can’t own a firearm. 😂🤣

  • Eric Holder July 1, 2022, 10:10 am

    Idiot. Self reporting is great, working out well for Hunter Biden. There are many many sick people who manipulate their way through things. Look at a group called politicians.

  • Big Al 45 July 1, 2022, 9:50 am

    Uh, hey Dog, have you really looked at your own family dude?!?!!?
    Talk about throwing rocks and glass houses.

  • Chief July 1, 2022, 9:38 am

    This guy is a clown and always will be. His opinion carries about as much weight as a WWF wrestler. The only people listening are other clowns.

  • Wade July 1, 2022, 9:35 am

    So a ‘doctor’ must approve you to have a gun? Didn’t SCOTUS just rule about something similar against NY state? Oxymoron, as they already think guns are bad. And as for a ‘mental health card’, that sure sounds like registration to me, which we all know will lead to confiscation in the long run.

  • Jorge July 1, 2022, 9:31 am

    WHAT YOU GONNA DO, WHEN THE DOG COMES FOR YOU? BAD DOG BAD DOG. What a stinking joke, has this guy ever heard of botox, for real dude. its this countries fault this moron even exists, chasing down clowns in an island where guns are hard to get, and felons stand out like sore thumbs, no wonder he catches them, where they going to go, swim to the next island. came to florida to chase down gabby petitos killer and had to go back home with heat stroke, what a clown

  • Stickers July 1, 2022, 8:57 am

    I’ve long known this guy has a serious personality and thought disorder.
    Now, he’s outed himself as a bald-faced liar and prevaricator, as well.

  • Pete Faz July 1, 2022, 8:57 am

    Some day this convict is going to kick the wrong door– and his B S show will be cancelled

  • Felix July 1, 2022, 8:53 am

    Mental health card?
    Why not have them if you want to own a car (drunk drivers, speeders). Household knives can kill too. Prescription medicine. Owning an aggressive animal can kill too.
    Doggie boy needs to step back and let the American people that can legally own a firearm decide for themselves. It would be nice to have a police officer within seconds if needed (but that’s not the case). Criminals if asked won’t stop or pause on their robbery, assault or murder until a police officer is on scene to diffuse the situation.
    Go after the criminals and not the law abiding citizens.

  • John Hill July 1, 2022, 8:47 am

    I love democracies, but unfortunately every brain dead loser like this clown who has a little public recognition can shoot his mouth out about garbage when he has no ability to put two cogent thoughts together and no idea what he’s taking about! The anti democratic feel good idiocy of the metro socialists and those in the public eye is just nauseating. Yes, let the socialist mental health geeks in hand with the anti people gov bureaucracies make decisions about people’s lives! As we move along now interpreting how the role of the various levels of gov handling the second amendment, let’s create a nightmare of trampling on rights! NY has been a perfect example of liberal second amendment abuse over the past 100 and especially the past 20 years. Bureaucracies never get more efficient, just more complex and abusive of the people. The founders understood this. The revolution was never about taxation without representation, it was about freedom from controlling self-serving government bureaucracies!

  • D.J. July 1, 2022, 8:39 am

    I would suggest “ rover” be the first one to submit to psychiatric
    evaluation , “ brah “ .

    • Comanche July 1, 2022, 2:49 pm

      EXACTLY!!!% Practice what you preach puppy d🐶g…

  • phil July 1, 2022, 8:39 am

    Gotta have all those requirements to own a firearm they all say. Anybody ever read the court cases where the “victims” brought suit against cities, Counties, State, or federal entities for prohibition of firearms for protection and something bad happened? Invariably most all were thrown out because “we are sovereign! You can’t sue us! they said. All anti-gun laws are under “color of law” and thereby illegal. Dog should know better.

  • OldCombatEngineer July 1, 2022, 8:30 am

    For that criterion, lots of people need cards: auto drivers, teachers, politicians, apparatchiks. The logical inconsistency of these low-intellect loudmouths who view themselves as oh-so superior in their exaggerated conceits and condescension is astounding.

    Obviously, if gun ownership were the problem, just a few percent of the 100 million Americans owning guns would be creating overwhelming mayhem with which law enforcement could never keep up. As it is, although Biden and the Marxists have enabled racially-justified felonious behavior, most of the nation remains pretty safe.

  • Anthony J Romano July 1, 2022, 8:21 am

    The reason cops go through mental health checks is that they’re actively going into bad situations. Us civilians just want to protect ourselves. This Dog dude is an idiot!

  • Steve Kincaid July 1, 2022, 8:19 am

    Let’s remember this clown/cop wanta be is a Convicted felon and can’t even own a gun. He’s just jealous that the rest of the law biting citizens of this country Maona gun as guaranteed by the constitution.

  • Laughinghawg July 1, 2022, 8:01 am

    Duane has it bass ack-wards. Either he’s been on the liberal commie islands too long, or he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Not very settling that he’s out supporting law enforcement/bail bond co’s.

  • Ron July 1, 2022, 8:01 am

    I’m supposed to get my psychological advice from Chapman? Here’s the catch. States like California get everyone hooked on drugs, then declare a person mentally unfit to own a gun because they have a record for doing drugs.

  • F July 1, 2022, 7:53 am

    So the convicted racist is doing the lefts bidding so they will forgive him. Got it.

  • Chuck Matson July 1, 2022, 7:42 am

    Gee…insight on how our inalienable rights should be from a convicted felon and hillary supporter! I don`t think I care what dog has to say!

  • K. R. V. July 1, 2022, 7:41 am

    Ok in HIS case I agree! Just look at him, watch his show to see for yourself!! There are some bad hombres out there, I for one need an equalizer, so my 67 year old arthritic bad back self has the means for self defense. Not to go in gun blazing? NO! But I refuse to be that poor sob cowering in the corner or under a desk, if I could get under the desk!

  • William Davis July 1, 2022, 7:33 am

    keep choosing sides entertainment world. We will put you out of business.

  • Elmer Fudd July 1, 2022, 7:33 am

    Well, that’s all I need to know. If a convicted felon, TV personality thinks I should get a mental health check I am on board.

    Any of the crazy women I dumped in college that majored in psychology would give me a fine report.

    Wait, wait, doesn’t turn into a “may issue” situation with regard to the 2A? Never mind, that’s how democrats kept guns away from the poor and blacks until recent SCOTUS ruling.

  • Jeff B July 1, 2022, 7:31 am

    Why does the media drag up all of these washed up court jesters for an opinion in the first place? Sure, I form my opinions around the wisdom of these so called stars. Heck, this dude can’t even find a decent wardrobe consultant.

  • John T July 1, 2022, 7:29 am

    The Dog, a convicted felon really shouldn’t be commenting on any type of gun laws. Back in the day he and his clan were running all over shooting up everything in site with pepper ball guns, maybe he needs an evacuation.

  • DAVID MILLER July 1, 2022, 6:59 am

    He comes with big camera crew flashy fake badge i have to walk around by myself no gun please mister robber don’t take my wallet and life !$%%^^& you dog !@@#$

  • Hondo July 1, 2022, 6:54 am

    Maybe this circus clown should stick to what he knows, chasing fatties. I mean what a joke this guy is.

  • Terry July 1, 2022, 6:26 am

    Bad dog! Bad dog!

    • Big Al 45 July 1, 2022, 9:48 am

      Now that’s just funny, I don’t care who ya are!

  • Wagner Damotta July 1, 2022, 6:16 am

    what kind of card does he (dog) suggest for criminals and also for those with a criminal past?

  • Louis Lambson July 1, 2022, 5:18 am

    Every convicted felon I ever met had the same attitude. ” if I can’t, you can’t”. Seems to be a pattern of looking for easy pickins.
    Never mind how dismally such ideas have failed. Then there’s the Constitutioal issues. Who will ever stand up to fudamental rights?

    • 2ADude July 1, 2022, 8:34 am

      Exactly! “Dog” is a prohibited person, a felon. What a buffoon he is.

  • SigArmored July 1, 2022, 3:46 am

    It’s funny to me how those whome of which may not legally take part in our 2A think that the rest of us don’t deserve to.

  • bobs your uncle June 30, 2022, 3:31 pm

    Where I live any disagreement with a Government agency of any type and you get a free psychiatric evaluation, and the diagnosis is always the same, yer nuts!

  • Get Freight June 30, 2022, 2:38 am

    Apparently, Dog the whatever does not understand the constitution, civil rights, law (other than possibly what is needed for bounties and is not much), or firearms.

    He should refrain from commenting on a subject he has little to no knowledge of.

    Wood or rubber can be lethal. They are called, “less lethal” rather than “non lethal” for a reason.

  • Mark N. June 30, 2022, 1:13 am

    Not only him, but the AGs of NY and California think you need a mental health check before getting a CCW, and the governors of both states are seeking to amend their state’s laws to require just that, Plus they want to limit CCWs to persons of “good moral character,” establishing which may call for disclosure of all prior arrests irrespective of outcome, and disclosure of your social media presence. Then, these nanny staters want to “protect the public” by banning weapons in all business establishments unless the business owner posts a sign allowing them. IMO, this is the very “sensitive places” expansive reach that the Supreme Court expressly disallowed, but it will take ten years to get that issue in front of it….only criminals and the cops will legally be allowed to carry guns, just as it was in the good old days of the Sullivan Act. Shall we call it the Zombie Sullivan Act? Or maybe the immortal Sullivan Act.

  • d ellman June 29, 2022, 11:08 am

    Dog the convict doesn’t understand civil rights. We don’t need a doctor’s note to exercise our civil rights. What’s next? A note from the police to be secure from unreasonable searches?/!

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