Friday, Nov. 11 is Veterans' Day, and preserving the Second Amendment rights of those who have served our nation would be a fitting tribute. This is exactly what the proposed Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act aims to do.
Sponsored by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), the legislation--adopted by the U.S. House of Legislation on Oct. 11--requires that veterans must be determined as a threat to themselves or others, in a court of law, before a bureaucrat can arbitrarily strip a veteran of his or her gun rights and add them to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) and 14 co-sponsors have submitted the Senate version of the act, S. 1707, to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. It is expected to be presented to the Senate soon. Similar bills were proposed last year, including one sponsored by Burr in the Senate. It passed out of committee only to be derailed by Harry Reid and anti-gun Senate Democrats.