Red flags went up last summer when 2nd Amendment advocates learned that the Department of Veterans Affairs was using a loophole in their reporting to deny gun rights to veterans without due process. From the LA Times:
“The VA reports names under a category in gun control regulations known as ‘adjudicated as a mental defective,’ terminology that derives from decades-old laws. Its only criterion is whether somebody has been appointed a fiduciary.”
In layman’s terms, the VA is reporting veterans whose only limitation may be as simple as “difficulty balancing a budget without help” as unfit to own a firearm.
But then last week, the Obama Administration renewed a previously stated desire to tie the Social Security Administration to the same reporting system as the VA.
That would mean that anyone receiving Social Security benefits who needed help managing those funds could also be denied the right to purchase a firearm:
“If Social Security, which has never participated in the background check system, uses the same standard as the VA, millions of its beneficiaries would be affected. About 4.2 million adults receive monthly benefits that are managed by ‘representative payees.’”
Texas Congressman Sam Johnson has introduced legislation designed to stop the Obama Administration from applying the VA’s standards to Social Security beneficiaries. The Social Security Beneficiary 2nd Amendment Rights Protection Act is currently awaiting a vote.