Veterans banned by V.A. represent 99% of those on federal firearms blacklist for ‘mental deficiency’

Veterans banned by V.A. represent 99% of those on federal firearms blacklist for ‘mental deficiency’
An actual U.S. military vet. (Image: Shutterstock)

[Ed. – If this doesn’t get your blood boiling, nothing will.  The VA as currently constituted needs to be pillaged, destroyed, and every acre sown with salt.  Quarantine the toxic waste dump and rebuild with new materials, in a clean landscape.]

A pair of Republican senators sent a letter to the head of Veterans Affairs last Wednesday demanding answers for the department’s practice of adding hundreds of thousands of veterans to the federal government’s list of people barred from purchasing firearms.

The letter, first reported by The Hill, was sent to VA Secretary Robert McDonald by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.). It questions the standards used by the agency to determine which veterans are deemed incompetent and, therefore, unable to own a firearm. The standards have led to the agency adding more than 257,000 vets to the FBI’s background check system as prohibited purchasers. That amounts to more than 99 percent of the total number of people identified in the system as “mentally defective.”

The VA uses the same process to flag veterans to be denied firearms that they use to identify which veterans need help managing their finances. …

Grassley and Isakson said the standard the VA uses to determine if somebody is “mentally defective” is far lower than the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF.

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