» Veterans’ Gun Rights An Ongoing Issue

Veterans’ Gun Rights An Ongoing Issue

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 - The issue of veterans and gun rights has been a speed bump in the $631 billion defense bill.

Legal Help for Veterans is a law firm helping veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. has attempted to halt the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) plan to place the names of some veterans into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Sen. Coburn has stated that, in order to take away someone's Second Amendment rights, it should be adjudicated, rather than simply mandated by an automated system.

Inclusion on the list means veterans would be prohibited from owning or buying firearms. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has stated that though he loves veterans, if they have been deemed mentally unfit, they should not have possession of a gun.

"The Veterans Administration currently appoints fiduciaries, usually the family members of a veteran, to manage their pensions and disability benefits when they have been declared mentally incompetent," said veterans disability lawyer James Fausone. "When a vet has been declared mentally incompetent, their name is automatically entered in the Criminal Background Check System."

A group, led by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has been pushing to change that policy, allowing the addition of the name to the list, only if a judge deemed the veteran is a likely danger. This latest version of the bill, co-sponsored by 21 lawmakers, passed the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. The legislation also has the backing of the National Rifle Association and numerous veterans' advocacy groups.

Meanwhile, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence supports the policy by the VA. Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, has stated that vets who have a traumatic brain injury or PTSD, but who do not pose a threat to others, might view the current restriction as a disincentive to seek treatment.

As of 1998, 185 of the 127,000 veterans on the gun-check registry list have worked to have their names removed, according to the VA. Veterans may appeal their diagnosis, and can petition for their firearm rights to be reinstated by the agency, if they are shown not to be a public safety threat.

James G. Fausone is a Veterans disability attorney and Veterans attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. To learn more or to contact a Veterans disability attorney or Veterans attorney call 1.800.693.4800 or visit http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com.

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800

  • VA issues warning about phone scam targeting Veterans Choice Program
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) warned veterans to be aware of a national scam in which impostors attempt to steal personal information by imitating a VA phone line. The scam targets veterans who inadvertently dial the wrong phone number while trying to call the Veterans Choice Program. VA officials cautioned that the only difference […]
  • VA aims to reduce veteran suicide with new predictive technology
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new program designed to identify veterans who are at risk of suicide. With an average of 20 veterans taking their lives each day, the agency is hoping their efforts will help reduce the number of suicides. The system is called Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health — […]
  • New VA website shares hospital wait time data, promises more accountability
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on April 12 unveiled a new website with the goal of providing more transparency to veterans. The agency is making public data about the amount of time veterans are waiting for treatment and the quality of care at its medical facilities. Veterans can visit the website, to view information […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required