Vets routinely denied Second Amendment rights; lawmakers debate fix

December 4, 2013

Michael Dorstewitz

Should a veteran’s inability to handle his financial affairs, absent anything else, deprive him of his Second Amendment rights? Each time this issue has come before Congress, Democrats have said yes. Republicans and the National Rifle Association say no.

The issue became a monkey wrench last week during debate on a $631 billion defense bill.

The Veterans Affairs Department routinely adds the names of vets who require assistance to handle their financial affairs to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, thereby denying them the right to purchase or own a firearm, according to an Associated Press report.

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