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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A. Survivor

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!

A. Survivor

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… Read more »


Absolutely, Now is the time. Actions have consequences Now that Obama is gone.


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… Read more »


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….

Gary Wells

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.


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.


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.


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

joe chamberlaun

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.

Jim S

They should amend LEOSA to include veterans to carry in any state.

Roy F. Wilt

Damn Straight!