Gun Ownership In Jeopardy for Veterans
By USVCP Staff Writers
August 6, 2019
In support of recent Red Flag law modifications, President Donald Trump, on Monday, August 5, 2019, made a commitment to the American people that he would personally see to it that powerful weapons are kept out of the hands of people who may pose a risk to the public.
How will the Red Flag modifications affect 2nd Amendment rights afforded to all Americans? According to gun advocates, the impact could be detrimental for all Americans and especially veterans.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has generally been opposed to Red Flag laws. Their passage has also raised concerns in Congress about the potential impact on the 2nd Amendment rights of those veterans who have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or have a third-party fiduciary appointed to manage their monetary benefits.
To offset the Red Flag modifications, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, and Rep. Colin Petersen, D-Minnesota, introduced a Bill called the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act.
The Bill would prevent veterans from losing their ability to buy or own a firearm when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approves having a third-party help manage their VA benefits.
Also, Roe has shown strong opposition to a Bill that passed in the House earlier this year that was to expand background checks. Roe argued the Bill would restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of veterans with mental health conditions, and hamper their rights of gun ownership.
Rodger McDonald, 8/11/19
Don't mess with us veterans.
Owens Earl, 8/8/19
I am a veteran and I won't to tell you this is all one big lie Donald Trump is nothing but a common lier. No one is trying to take your guns away from you, they are asking to stop selling automatically weapon him and the gun lobbyist want you to believe his lie. They own him and 99% of the Republican government. And if you don't believe that just wait for the next massacre, it is coming and it may happen to your family members.
James Nail, 8/7/19
When the second amendment was made law the only guns available were single shot muzzle loaders. I am sick of the gun lobby trying to extend that to assault weapons of large caliber. I own hunting and target guns but I see no need for a civilian to own a military weapon and any hate filled kid to have access to them. Reasonable restrictions might save a few lives while the nutcase shooter pauses to reload. The NRA and gun industry is just trying to protect their income at the expense of the innocent.
Dick Deckert, 8/7/19
People are killed every day with legally purchased guns! Let's fix that first!!!!
John Drehobl, 8/7/19
I am one of the many Veterans ALREADY affected by this VA Problem. At 57 Years Old, I've never been had police called on me, never threatened anyone, have never been arrested or violent, I served in two branches of military full-time, held a Top Secret Clearance, was on the Personal Reliability Program, did high-level executive protection for visiting Presidents, Prime Ministers, Premiers, and resource protection, managed security teams for alert Minuteman Nuclear Missiles, was a Fire Team Leader onboard Alert Nuclear Airborne Command Aircraft, and as a civilian was a Deputy Sheriff, Prison Guard, Undercover Investigator, and Industrial Security Manager. I carried a Concealed Weapons Permit for DECADES without one incident. Yet the VA bogusly declared me "Financially Incompetent," and then used my "Incompetency" to take away my Gun Rights. I do have controlled PTSD, but mine does not manifest in violence... it creates physical illnesses and decompensation leaving me sick in bed when severe. In fact, I became a Certified Hypnotherapist and help other Veterans and First Responders referred to me with Trauma and PTSD free of charge. Yet... I am treated like a dangerous criminal and had my Rights stripped away without even a Federal Judge or Hearing. I am THE GUY that someone under fire would WANT there to protect them. This HAS to be stopped.