The Battle to Restore Veterans’ Gun Rights Now Moves to the Senate

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The Battle to Restore Veterans' Gun Rights Now Moves to the Senate
Gun Owners of America
Gun Owners of America

USA – -( In a decisive 240-175 vote, the U.S. House voted today to restore Second Amendment rights to law-abiding veterans.

Under H.R. 1181, a veteran cannot legally be classified as a “mental defective” without due process. In other words, there must be the order of a judge, magistrate, or judicial authority. And the “judicial authority” must find that the veteran is a “danger to himself or others” before it can take away his guns.

Although overly-cautious sponsors denied it, we agree with Representatives who argued that the bill will retroactively require the automatic restoration of gun rights to all 257,000 veterans who have had their Second Amendment rights taken away.

This is because the otherwise-loathsome NICS Amendments Improvement Act of 2007 mandates that the VA Secretary correct the NICS list to remove those who are no longer prohibited from owning guns.

Opposition to the bill in the House ranged from anti-veteran cowards to “useful idiots” who had served in the military, but had no problem stabbing their fellow-servicemen in the back.

Gun-hating Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings slammed law-abiding veterans, saying these “crazy” veterans should have their gun rights revoked for things like PTSD.

While Hastings was way off base, he was sort of right about one thing: He claimed that the passage of this bill was a victory for the “powerful gun lobby.”

And for that, you should pat yourself on the back. It's GOA activists like you — taking action on our alerts — that helps us roll back these gun control restrictions.

The Battle Rages On

It should be noted that one of the most-quoted opponents of this pro-gun bill was anti-gun leader David Petraeus.

You may remember that Gun Owners of America has fought, on two separate occasions, to keep this gun control backer from securing a position in the Trump administration.

H.R. 1181 now goes to the Senate, where we have asked that it be brought directly to the Senate floor and passed without any more tinkering.

Law-abiding veterans have waited long enough for their constitutional rights. And the last thing we want is to give anti-gun Senators an opportunity to turn this bill into a gun-hating Christmas tree.

So please contact your Congressman and Senators on H.R. 1181.

With one click of your mouse, you will be able to contact all of them.

You will be able to thank your Representative if he or she voted for the bill. Or express your disapproval if your congressman voted against it.

And even more important, simultaneous letters will be sent to your other federal legislators, Sen. Robert Menendez (D) and Sen. Cory Booker (D). These emails will urge them to bring up H.R. 1181 immediately and to pass it before it becomes an anti-gun Christmas tree.

Thank you.

In Liberty,

Erich Pratt
Executive Director

P.S. Please take action right away and contact your U.S. Senators and Representative. Let's stay on the offense and repeal more gun control restrictions. Your activism makes a difference!

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  • 15 thoughts on “The Battle to Restore Veterans’ Gun Rights Now Moves to the Senate

    1. I was rubber stamped through the system, although I kept reiterating that my problems were wholly physical, and continually requested MRI studies of my head and spine. The US Army didn’t have the capability, as they had no MRI machines! The VA did have those capabilities but refused to pursue my requests!

    2. I am a VICTIM of the VA system. I was misdiagnosed as with “Mental Issues” by both the US Army and the VA! Of course, the diagnosis kept changing, I was assaulted and left for dead, during a targeted racial event while on active duty. A large grouping of more than fifteen soldiers, of African-American descent, had begrudged me for an incident beyond my control! I was warned months previous by one of the ringleaders, that they would get vengeance on me, for an accidental injury some months prior to the attack. I informed my chain of command to the viability of the threat. It stopped there, or so I thought. About seven months later, I was attacked, held down and beaten unconscious by that group of thugs, and I do have all of their names. Back then, we lived in a large, open bay, that housed three platoons. They held me down, with two of the attackers holding down each my appendages, and another thrusting a pillow into my face. Additionally, another held a large “Buck, folding knife” positioned at my genitalia, saying, “If you make a noise, I will cut your junk off!” Another stood watch, as two of the others, wound up and delivered windmill shots to the back of my head, using a rolled steel bunk adapter that weighed three and a half pounds. I can remember being struck in this fashion, eight times before I lost consciousness! When they had finished, they tipped the bunk bed over, I landed on my knees and elbows, in a fetal position, it must’ve been the sickening thud of bone on concrete, that caused my slight return to consciousness. Because I heard one of my attackers say, “Is the motherfucker dead?” The other one replied, “Fuck it, that motherfucker is dead!” As I regained my senses a little at a time, I slowly opened my eyes and realized that I was laying in a huge pool of my own blood. I slowly returned to my feet and hollered feebly for some help, I somehow reached the center of that barracks bay, when the large group of attackers returned from attacking another targeted soldier on one of the upper floors, the attacker who had threatened me with castration, had returned from slicing a huge “X” on the other target’s torso, (Robert Stafford.) I faced them down, defiantly, loudly telling the whole group, “I will take you on all at once, or one at a time, either way, is okay by me!” That is when I heard the “chuch-ching” of a shotgun mechanism, immediately to my rear! Two soldiers from Weapons Platoon had come to my aid! I can’t quite remember their names, but I do know that they were both court-martialed, and summarily sent to Fort Leavenworth! The unit’s 1SG, B Company 1/41st Infantry detailed me out the day of their trial, so I was unable to give my testimony! I turned in a detailed statement on exactly what had transpired during the attack on me including names, I knew every mother’s son who attacked me, the 1SG (Roy Featherstone) informed me that he would handle everything. In summation, the three soldiers that physically wielded the bunk bed adaptor and knives were given, Chapter 10 Discharges, and those that had remained…remained an ongoing threat to my safety… For the next 30 months! The 1/41st Infantry Battalion unit deployed to Germany with Brigade “75” along with me. They attacked another soldier (Robin Castro) while there. If they have been court-martialed, I would have been the last one they attacked! The two soldiers that stepped up to save me should’ve been decorated for it! The US Army’s protocol on “Race Relations” was the fomenter that laid the ground work. Update, I’m a quadriplegic with extensive Dystonia, which is the root cause of my spasticity, as it slowly enveloped my body. I’ve turned in at least two statements to the US Army CID. Traumatic Brain Injuries also causes sound distortion, which is the main reason they all misdiagnosed me with mental health issues, it was the “Snake-Oil” (Antidepressants and Antipsychotics) that they prescribed that was the problem. I was fine mentally until they started the pills.

    3. What a crock of TYRANT BS!!!!! Our Rights where BLATANTLY VIOLATED, fundamental laws were broken. The most fundamental law being the Fifth Amendment – “…nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”, that means IN A COURT OF LAW in front of a duly appointed or elected JUDGE.
      The Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, and other Holier-than-though EXECUTIVE government agencies have “elected” themselves to be “Judge”, “Jury”, and “executioner”. Now correct me if I am wrong but isn’t that the very definition of Vigilantism? And isn’t it blatantly against the law to act in such a way especially by “government agencies” that have NO JUDICIAL POWERS under our Constitution, being that these agencies are under the EXECUTIVE branch of government! NOT the Judaical Branch!

      Any actions taken should be to arrest these government criminals and bring them to justice for blatantly violating our God-given individual unalienable Rights and for the violation of Constitutional laws to protect our Rights!

      But, NO, our government instead tries to “cover-up” these criminal actions of these government agencies by trying to brainwash us into thinking “what we need is more laws”!!!!! WHAT! To cover up the laws that were already broken in the first place by the criminal government!

      Anyone who buys into this crock of TYRANT BS is contributing to the governmental STEALING of our fundamental God-given individual unalienable Rights! Read the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, it puts our Rights and the government in proper order by the use of five words “THAT TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS”!

      Our government’s organization is defined in the Constitution. AND no where does the Constitution grant or give Rights. The Constitution and our government were instituted to SECURE and PROTECT our pre-existing God-given individual unalienable RIGHTS, NOT vice-versa!!!!!

      One word needs to be defined here for the people who have taken it for granted for too long, “UNALIENABLE” – it means inseparable from the essence of our humanity. We CAN NOT be truly human, we CAN NOT be Truly whole without our unalienable, individual, basic fundamental human Rights. The right to, or not, worship freely in our daily lives, the Right to speak freely, the right to assemble with like minded people and friends, our inherent social characteristics, the Right to report events to others, the right to address grievances to our government, and the RIGHT to defend ourselves with every terrible weapon of a soldier! Etc., etc., etc., read the Ninth Amendment. P.S. driving a vehicle IS a Right not a privilege. Shaking Donald Trumps hand would be a privilege, not a Right!

      These Rights are in the hands of the people, NOT the government. The government has NO authority to control, deny, or oppress these Rights, Only to punish those who violate the Rights of others. As our government has just done to US!

      “My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for THE POWERS OF THE SWORD ARE IN THE HANDS OF THE YEOMANRY OF AMERICA FROM SIXTEEN TO SIXTY. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and
      accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? ARE THEY NOT OURSELVES. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom.

      Congress have NO POWER to disarm the militia. THEIR SWORDS, AND EVERY OTHER TERRIBLE IMPLEMENT OF THE SOLDIER, ARE THE BIRTHRIGHT OF AN AMERICAN. What clause in the state or federal constitution hath given away that important right…. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state
      governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE.”
      A Pennsylvanian” (Tench Coxe), To The People of the United States, PA. GAZETTE, Feb. 20,
      1788, at 2, reprinted in 2 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY, supra note 57, at 1778-80 (Microform Supp.).
      Other installments are in PA. GAZETTE, Feb. 6, 13, 27, 1788.
      Trench Coxe served in the first four administrations of the United States under Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and James Madison, the writer of the Bill of Rights.

    4. the second amendmendment is there to protect our rights when government violates them..257000 vets didnt protect their rights,they let government take their rights…now this website wants us to thank government for allowing us our right…. come get my gun and see if i ask if i can keep it….

    5. Speaking of judges!!! Three 9th circuit judges appeared before the house begging the house not to break up the 9th.
      Now is the time we need to contact our congress men and Request the break up of the 9th circuit. As I understand this is an idea that has been floated before. Now is the Time!!!

      1. Actually I’ be more in favor of impeachment and disbarment, then any criminal charges that could apply.

    6. The provision of this bill requiring an “order or finding of a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority of competent jurisdiction” to determine whether a person is a “mental defective.” should replace the provision in the regulations (27 C.F.R. § 478.11) allowing for a “board, commission, or other lawful authority” to make such determination. This would help remedy the problem for all gun owners. The involvement of judicial process would provide greater safeguards to ensure that the fundamental right to keep and bear arms is not arbitrarily taken away.

      1. Well I don’t trust Judges to do what is Legal, Correct or Moral. Sorry. As of late the “Judges” seem to be the ones that should be seeking Physiological assessments and permission to return to work.

      2. All most all of the “Judges” would never pass a physiological assessment to return to the bench. I would Not support anything that requires a Judge, especially those in the 9th, to do a review on a veteran.

    7. America uses up the veterans then takes gun rights away…..This is the American way it has went to s***…………..

    8. for those that don’t have any idea what a trooper goes thru in combat better think. was one of them and went thru the rough times of combat withdrawl. but at no time had the thought to kill my family nor anyone else just becausew they pissed me off. but if the time had come and i needed to i would have in a second. and to take guns from vets is wrong but stupid for they may be the only people to defend you and your rights.

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