June 19, 2024

The Fight to End the Disarming of Veterans

UPDATE (Wednesday, June 5): The House of Representatives listened and passed H.R. 8580 by a vote of 209-196 with GOA-backed provisions to protect tens of thousands of veterans from being unconstitutionally disarmed by President Joe Biden’s bureaucrats. The key vote from yesterday can be found here, where ‘Aye’ is the correct vote. The bill now moves to the Senate.

ORIGINAL ALERT (Tuesday, June 4): Imagine risking your life to defend our country, only for Biden’s bureaucrats to put your name in an FBI database and deprive you of your God-given right to keep and bear arms.

Thankfully, an appropriations bill that is set to come to the House floor any day now gives us the opportunity to protect U.S. veterans from the predatory bureaucratic nonsense that has been used to ban them from owning a firearm.

H.R. 8580, the Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2025, contains language that would prevent the Department of Veteran Affairs from disarming our nation’s veterans.

And right on cue, the White House is now officially lobbying against the passage of H.R. 8580 to ensure Biden’s bureaucrats can continue disarming veterans.

If the Biden Administration has zero shame in slashing the gun rights of those who thanklessly served our country, then they’ll have no problem coming for yours.

That’s why GOA needs your help countering the White House’s lobbying efforts by urging your Representative to support the gun rights of our nation’s veterans.

Please add your name to our pre-written letter urging your Representative to support both Section 261 of H.R. 8580 and Rep. Eli Crane’s Amendment No. 31 which protect the Second Amendment rights of our nation’s veterans.

GOA members like you were very instrumental in persuading Congress to pass Public Law 118-42 earlier this year. This law stopped the VA’s unconstitutional reporting of approximately 20,000 veterans per year to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) – but only until it expires later this fall.

That’s why Section 261 and Amendment No. 31 are so critical, as they would extend this critical protection for veterans for another year by inserting it into the government appropriations.

Up until this point, veterans who had a fiduciary appointed to them to manage their finances were reported to the FBI and denied their right to own a firearm.

No veteran should be deprived of their Second Amendment rights because they need support to manage their finances. Frankly, no veteran should be deprived of their God-given rights – period.

While it certainly was a victory to protect gun-owning veterans from having their names screened by the FBI going forward, there are still more than a QUARTER OF A MILLION veterans who are already prohibited from exercising their Second Amendment rights based on their prior appointment of a fiduciary.

Congress must remove the names of veterans who were already determined “prohibited” persons based on the appointment of a fiduciary.

That’s why our pre-written letter also encourages your representative to support GOA’s and Rep. Eli Crane’s ongoing push to REMOVE the names of ALL veterans who have already been put into the NICS system.

With H.R. 8580 set to come to the floor any day now – and the White House already beginning its pressure campaign to defeat it – GOA needs YOUR help pressuring the House to save the gun rights of America’s veterans.

So please, add your name to our pre-written letter urging your Representative to support both Section 261 of H.R. 8580 and Rep. Crane’s Amdt. No. 31 which protect the Second Amendment rights of our nation’s veterans.

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