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Veterans’ gun rights a sticky issue in defense bill

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Veterans’ gun rights a sticky issue in defense bill

Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun?

The issue, for a time last week, threatened to become the biggest sticking point in a $631 billion defense bill for reshaping a military that is disengaging from a decade of warfare.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sought to amend the bill to stop the Veterans Affairs Department from putting the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which prohibits them from buying or owning firearms.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., objected, saying the measure would make it easier for veterans with mental illness to own a gun, endangering themselves and others.

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  • Annie Oakley

    A veteran with a traumatic brain injury is not mentally ill. They may have short-term memory problems or trouble focusing on tasks or deadlines, but that is not a mental illness and should not be grounds for denying them the rights they fought to preserve. They simply might need some help managing their finances. If everyone who had ever been late paying a bill was forbidden to own or possess a gun, I don’t know any police officers and very few soldiers who would be legally allowed to carry a firearm at work.

  • Murray Putnam

    Gun control will happen just like this, guns will be taken from certain groups one at a time until the only ones allowed to have them will be cops and military. Remember this, there wont be any big chops on gun rights it will be whittle here, whittle there until only the ones that have firearms will be the ones they control and can order around.

  • AmericanNotLiberalTrash

    Fellow Veterans: This is our “Thank you for your service.” from our governement. Think about that for a few minutes.

  • Nelson in Texas

    Using the train of thought, no member of our govt should be allowed to own a gun, since they have run us into the ground financially. Brain dead congress!!!

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