Washington– Today, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) voted to pass H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. This bill, which Congressman Conaway cosponsored, passed the House 240-175.
“Under current law, veterans who receive help navigating their benefits from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) fiduciary are automatically labeled as ‘mentally defective’ in the VA system. This incorrect label wrongly places them in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), preventing the very men and women who fought for our freedom from exercising their constitutional right to bear arms,” said Congressman Conaway.
“The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act will ensure that veterans are able to take advantage of the services offered by the VA, without fear of bureaucratic overreach. We are able to make an easy fix with this legislation, while still retaining the appropriate safeguards for those who truly need assistance. No veteran should ever be wrongfully denied the constitutional rights they sacrificed so much to protect.”
Earlier today, Congressman Conaway spoke on the House Floor in favor of H.R. 1181. You can view his remarks by clicking here.