Veterans Unfairly Banned From Owning Firearms

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The FBI’s National Instant Background Check System is filled with veterans who are essentially banned from owning firearms due to their financial difficulties, claims Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dated April 13, Grassley accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of putting veterans in need of financial assistance in the “mental defective” category of the gun ban list.


Any federal agency can report people to the background check system, but the recommendations from the VA make up about 99% of the people who are listed in the defective category, reports The Hill.

“It’s disturbing to think that the men and women who dedicated themselves to defending our freedom and values face undue threats to their fundamental Second Amendment rights from the very agency established to serve them,” Grassley wrote in his letter.

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