New GOP Bill Aims to Protect Second Amendment Rights of Veterans

It’s no secret that the Democratic Party has been the enemy of gun rights for decades. What’s not as well-known, however, is that these efforts have pushed the Department of Veterans Affairs into the same mindset.

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February 27, 2021

According to a 2016 article by The Hill, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was passed in 1994 to try to prevent individuals with a mental illness from committing acts of gun violence.

This act has myriad legal and practical problems, but the most egregious is that it enables Veterans Affairs (the VA) to effectively strip the gun rights of thousands of veterans via neither due process nor accountability.

The Hill reported that instead of removing weapons from  individuals on the basis of being an immediate threat to themselves or others, which requires a medical diagnosis, the VA determined that veterans are not capable of owning a weapon if they require a fiduciary to assist with their finances.

Fortunately, it looks as if the GOP is ready to fight for veterans’ Second Amendment rights.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Wednesday that Republican Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyoming) and Mike Bost (Illinois) have introduced the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, which would require that veterans would have to be legally determined to be a threat to themselves or others before having their Second Amendment rights revoked.

Similar legislation was passed by the House in 2017 with bipartisan support, but it never went further.

This latest rendition has more teeth.

“The Secretary may not transmit to any entity in the Department of Justice, for use by the national instant criminal background check system established under section 103 of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act,” the new bill reads.

“Personally identifiable information of a beneficiary, solely on the basis of a determination by the Secretary to pay benefits to a fiduciary for the use and benefit of the beneficiary under section 5502 of this title, without the order or finding of a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that such beneficiary is a danger to themselves or others.”

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