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Friday, August 7, 2015

NRA Supports Bill To Protect Rights Of Veterans And Retirees

NRA has announced its support for Sen. John Cornyn’s Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, which contains provisions to counteract the president’s efforts to strip Second Amendment rights from millions of veterans and Social Security recipients.

To date, the Veterans Affairs Administration has prohibited more than 100,000 veterans from purchasing a firearm because a “representative payee” helps them manage their benefits. Additionally, the Social Security Administration announced that it is also moving forward with a similar plan for up to 4.2 million Social Security recipients. 

“The NRA is fighting to stop the Obama administration from denying millions of veterans and Social Security recipients their Second Amendment rights for no other reason than they want assistance in managing their financial affairs,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director.

If passed, Cornyn’s bill will prevent agencies from labeling benefit recipients as “prohibited persons” because they have a fiduciary assigned to their account, and will require a full adjudication process.