Bill To Protect Veterans’ 2A Rights Gains NRA Support

posted on January 28, 2017

A measure introduced in Congress by Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from restricting veterans’ Second Amendment rights without due process.

H.R. 629 would require that a veteran be adjudicated mentally deficient before losing his or her right to keep and bear arms. Currently, the VA reports any veteran using a fiduciary as “mentally defective”—a disqualifying factor for firearm ownership—with no judicial finding of dangerousness.

“No veteran should have their fundamental right to self-defense arbitrarily revoked by a government bureaucrat,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “Receiving assistance to handle personal finances does not mean an individual is unable to safely own a firearm. Our brave men and women in the military should not be stripped of their constitutional rights without due process of law."

In addition to Conaway introducing the bill, the measure is co-sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio.

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