Key Senate lawmakers are once again pushing legislation to stop veterans judged unable to handle their own finances from being barred from owning firearms.
The bill would require that veterans are first found to be a danger to themselves or others before losing their Second Amendment rights. As the law stands today, a veteran deemed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be incapable of handling his own finances is included on the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which means that person can't own a firearm, nor can anyone else in the household.
Senator Richard Burr, one of those pushing the bill says “These people are labeled as dangerous when it may be a physical disability that may be preventing them from handling their own finances.”
The VA estimates about 127,000 veterans have been put on the list because the department has determined they could not handle their personal finances.
A similar bill has already passed the House of Representatives.