Washington–Thursday, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) and Congressman Jeff Miller (FL-01) introduced the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act. Currently, veterans who are appointed a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) fiduciary to help with benefits are automatically labeled as “mentally defective” in the VA system, which thenplaces them on the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This legislation protects veterans from this incorrect labeling, which can result in the loss of their Constitutional right to bear arms.
“No man or woman who has worn the uniform of our nation and fought for our freedom should be denied their second amendment right because of a bureaucratic system failure,” said Congressman Conaway. “This legislation will ensure that veterans are able to use the resources offered by the VA without fear of being wrongly placed on the FBI’s NICS. There is a critical lapse in our current system. Fortunately, we are able to fix it with this legislation while still maintaining appropriate safeguards for those who truly need assistance. I look forward to working with my colleague Congressman Miller to ensure that no veteran will be unlawfully prohibited from purchasing a firearm.”