DOJ Unfairly Targeting Veterans Gun Rights
The Veterans Administration and Department of Justice are unfairly targeting Veterans with a labeling system that bans mentally stable Veterans from owning guns.
This is NOT about PTSD soldiers who need counseling and meds to get through their daily lives.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote a letter this week to Attorney General Eric Holder complaining about this injustice and is demanding answers.
Grassley says the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is filled with military veterans who are essentially banned from owning guns, even though they may not be a danger to society.
The VA is listing Veterans who need FINANCIAL assistance, in the “mentally incompetent” category.
The VA recommends many military veterans who it deems “incompetent” and in need of financial assistance to manage their benefits be placed in the “mental defective” category of the national gun ban list.
At issue is whether these veterans are suffering from mental illnesses.
According to a 2013 Senate report, the Department of Veteran Affairs is responsible for reporting more than 143,000 beneficiaries, including about 83,000 veterans, to the “mental defective” category of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Any federal agency can report people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, but the VA’s recommendations account for about 99 percent of the people who are listed in the mental defective category.
Grassley says the VA doesn’t actually consider “whether a veteran is a danger to himself, herself, or others,” which is the federal standard for denying someone a gun.
There is a “real possibility that the right to firearms will be infringed,” he said.
The gun ban “effectively voids their Second Amendment rights,” Grassley said.
Grassley is right.
I have been warning Americans for several years that this was coming.
Now, I’m seeing it first hand, almost every time a Veteran comes to my gun range and attempts to purchase a firearm.
A close personal friend who is a Veteran, just recently returned from Afghanistan
He was honorably discharged after being shot several times, yet, he was told he is allowed to shoot guns and handle guns, but not allowed to own one for 10 years.
This Veteran is NOT mentally ill..
Being listed blocks veterans from purchasing guns.
“It’s disturbing to think that the men and women who dedicated themselves to defending our freedom and values face undue threats to their fundamental Second Amendment rights from the very agency established to serve them,” Grassley wrote.
However, Grassley claims many of these veterans should not be precluded from owning guns.
“A veteran or dependent shouldn’t lose their constitutional rights, because they need help with bookkeeping,” he added.
Grassley’s letter has been sent to Holder.
If you think Holder is actually going to do something about this, please call me.
I have some ocean front property in Kansas to sell you.
This is what “We the People” is supposed to be about. A US Veteran received a letter from the Obama Veterans Affairs informing him that they would be coming to confiscate his guns. However, when dozens of the people around him heard about it, they showed up on his lawn to stop feds from executing unconstitutional authority.
PRIEST RIVER, Idaho — Veteran John Arnold said he received a letter on July 30 telling him Veterans Affairs representatives were planning to come pick up his guns.
Dozens gathered in front of Arnold’s home Thursday to support his right to keep those gun.
Arnold had a stroke one year ago. In January, paperwork filed with the VA stated that Arnold was financially incompetent and could not handle his own affairs.
Arnold claimed the box that was checked was done in error and he was always competent to handle himself. However, the VA said that due to the paperwork, Arnold was no longer allowed to buy, sell or possess firearms.
He was overwhelmed by the support of the community who showed up at his home, including Representative Heather Scott from Idaho and Representative Matt Shea. Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler was also in attendance.
“I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho,” Wheeler said. “This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”
Scott spearheaded the gathering, according to the Associated Press.
AP also reported that Bret Bowers, a VA spokesman, said that the letter was sent, but also said the agency doesn’t have power to confiscate weapons.
“We don’t send officers to confiscate weapons. We are about providing health care to health care,” he said.
However, somehow, this agency, which is not authorized in the Constitution and thus, has no authority when it comes to the rights of the people, especially under the protection of the Second Amendment, which binds the federal government, not the people, claims that they can declare veterans incompetent and keep veterans from obtaining weapons. Where is that in the Constitution? It isn’t there and these people who stood with Mr. Arnold know it. That’s why they showed up!
“This does happen sometimes, where the VA sends out a letter,” said Bryan Hult, veteran services officer for Bonner County. “Especially if a veteran has dementia … and a fiduciary has to be appointed to manage finances like a pension and income. You wouldn’t want that person to be in possession of a gun.”
But the problem is that the Constitution does not provide the federal government such authority. What does Mr. Hult not understand about “…shall not be infringed”? It isn’t rocket science.
Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), instead of pressing the teeth of the Second Amendment into the necks of the bureaucrats attempting to usurp it, proposed legislation that would require court action before barring gun purchases by veterans declared incompetent.
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