A recent article in Ammoland states that some veterans are being banned from owning firearms because they use a fiduciary to handle their veterans benefits.
The problem arises because once a veteran begins using a fiduciary in such a way, the “federal government considers that person to have been ‘adjudicated as a mental defective.” Once a person is adjudicated as a “mental defective,” they are no longer allowed to possess firearms.
The U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee recently addressed this issue when they passed The Veterans Second Amendment Protection (VSAP) Act. That act was passed as part of H.R. 2349, a larger bill focusing on helping veterans. The VSAP Act is backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) along with multiple other veterans’ groups.
The bill addresses the prohibition on firearms specifically. Any veteran who is being forced to undergo a “mental health decision” would first have to be determined to be dangerous by a court of law before being forced to give up their firearms.
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