TOWNHALL — One year ago, we learned the Department of Veterans Affairs has been stripping veterans of their Second Amendments rights for simply needing help managing their finances. As I reported in April 2015:
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing deep concerns over Veterans Affairs evaluations classifying veterans as “mentally defective” and banning them in the federal background check system from purchasing or owning a firearm.
According to Grassley’s office, the VA “reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits,” keeping them from exercising their Second Amendment rights.
The VA is placing veterans on the gun ban list without proper legal backing and is certainly engaged in over reach through this practice.
On top of serious concerns about the infringement of Second Amendment rights, Grassley is raising questions about the lack of due process for veterans classified as “mentally defective,” and therefore unfit to purchase a firearm, who simply need help managing VA benefits.
For months, lawmakers have called on President Obama, the administration and the VA to explain why veterans who accept financial management help are being deemed “mentally defective” and placed into the FBI-background check system as ineligible to purchase or own a firearm.