Veterans Gun Bill: House OKs Easing Rules on 'Mentally Incompetent'
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 6:13
On the other side of the issue, Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., said, "When a determination is made that a veteran is mentally incompetent or incapacitated - for whatever reason - that determination is made to protect them, not to punish or deprive them". Limiting or taking away these rights without due process is simply unacceptable.
The bill, called the Veterans' Second Amendment Protection Act, would require a court ruling by a judge or magistrate to add a veteran's name to the Federal Bureau of Investigation list of those who can't legally buy guns.
Lawmakers complain that few employees were fired after a 2014 wait-time scandal and other malfeasance at the VA, such as rising cases of drug theft. This comes after the House passed legislation yesterday that would make it easier to fire VA employees for misconduct or poor performance. Wenstrup says the legislation is needed because the VA's inability to retain quality employees is hindering providing care for veterans.
Accountability at the VA was a key campaign promise by Trump, who called the department "the most corrupt".
The bill was one of three measures Thursday targeting VA changes. An average of 20 veterans committed suicide a day in 2014 according to the VA Suicide Prevention Program. "There is no relation between the two", said Rep. Ken Buck, R-Fla., who also spoke in favor of the bill.
The House approved legislation aimed at protecting the gun rights of veterans. The practice unnecessarily increases scrutiny on law-abiding veterans who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
"As a military chaplain, I find it disheartening that the VA allows bureaucrats to make determinations about a veteran's constitutional right under the pretext of mental health care". Speaking to Quil about why he opposed the bill, Chiarelli said, "Every single study you can read on this shows you that people in crisis - because suicide is such a spontaneous event - when they separate themselves from personal weapons the incidence of suicide goes down tremendously".