Rick Maze sends us a link to his report on the vote in the Senate today on an amendment to the gun laws that failed today in the Senate which was intended to protect veterans second amendment rights in the face of Veterans’ Affairs bureaucrats.
As the law stands now, those same boobs who can’t process your disability claim in a timely manner can report you to the NICS system for being financially incompetent and hinder your ability to legally purchase a firearm.
The amendment sought allow the VA to only report to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System if a judge, magistrate or other judicial authority determines a veteran is a danger to himself or others.
Wednesday’s vote came on an amendment to S 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, after the Senate also defeated attempts to expand background checks for gun purchases and to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons
Sen. Richard Burr, R-S.C., who sponsored the Senate amendment, said current policy has led 129,000 veterans to be “deprived of their Second Amendment Rights to own firearms” without due process because they were declared financially “incompetent,” the term used by the VA for those appointed a fiduciary to handle their financial affairs.
It was unfortunate that the safety net for veterans was attached to a bill doomed to fail and it should be reintroduced as a stand alone bill or attached to something that has to do with veterans rather than as a ploy to garner votes for a piece of legislation that had no chance to pass.