As of December 2015, more than 260,000 veterans have been stripped of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
According to Guns.com,
Two Senate Republicans are seeking to understand the Veterans Affairs office practice of reporting veterans to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system.
Currently a veteran assigned a fiduciary trustee to act on their behalf is automatically declared “mentally defective” and is reported to NICS, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy guns. As of December 2015, the VA has reported 260,381 individuals to the FBI, effectively making them prohibited firearms possessors under the law.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee are seeking answers. The two have written a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald questioning the practice, saying,
“The use of the VA regulation, adopted for a totally unrelated purpose, is suspect, especially in light of the Supreme Court holding that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right. That holding changed the legal calculus by which a regulatory scheme can survive constitutional scrutiny and it is not clear how these regulations would fare under that increased scrutiny.”
Grassley released an additional statement declaring that,
“Our military heroes risked their lives to protect and defend this country and all that we stand for, including our most basic constitutional rights. Now the very agency created to serve them is jeopardizing their Second Amendment rights through an erroneous reading of gun regulations. The VA’s careless approach to our veterans’ constitutional rights is disgraceful.”
What do you think of the VA stripping this fundamental right from veterans without due process?