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Collins Supports Protecting Second Amendment Rights for Veterans

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“It is odd that federal entities seem to find certain liberties—like the right to bear arms—less inalienable than others. I will continue to guard the constitutional rights of all Americans against groups that would undermine them, and I look forward to seeing due process restored in the question of veterans’ Second Amendment rights.”

WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) voted today to support H.R. 1181, theVeterans Second Amendment Protection Act, to guard veterans’ right to bear arms and to due process under the law.

Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) labels veterans as “mentally defective” if they receive assistance from an appointed fiduciary. In the VA system, attaching this label to a veteran sends his or her name to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Inclusion on the NICS list prohibits an individual from buying or possessing a gun. Under the VA’s system, individuals can be added to the system without any judicial determination, meaning veterans are deprived of their Second Amendment rights without due process.

“As a military chaplain, I find it disheartening that the VA allows bureaucrats to make determinations about a veteran’s constitutional right under the pretext of mental health care. Under the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, a judicial determination—rather than a bureaucratic label—would be necessary to report a veteran's name to NICS,” said Collins.

“It is odd that federal entities seem to find certain liberties—like the right to bear arms—less inalienable than others. I will continue to guard the constitutional rights of all Americans against groups that would undermine them, and I look forward to seeing due process restored in the question of veterans’ Second Amendment rights.”

Collins also cosponsored a similar piece of legislation, H.J.Res. 40, a joint resolution of disapproval of the Social Security Administration’s implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, which effectively denied millions of Social Security recipients their Second and Fourth Amendment rights. President Trump signed this resolution into law last month.

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Deranged Donald
-3 #1 Deranged Donald 2017-03-21 02:38
This fake Christian politician would side with Putin and the Russians over protecting Americans. Just look at how he sucks up to TrumPutin. Sad.

If Collins weren't a GOP fraud of a lawmaker, he would be very concerned about giving troubled veterans even greater access to guns, as they kill themselves and often their family members at rates far higher than an other sector of society. Guns first, public safety last. No concern for women and children.

This fraud of a "lawmaker" rides the working American taxpayers for his personal gain, yet he wants to deny us access to health care, including access to mental health services. Some preacher. We all know how many military trained killers have caused havoc in America, and that it's Republicans like Colllins that cut funding for programs that could help, all so his rich donors can get more tax cuts. Maybe he should face the consequences... Trump doesn't care, and Collins is a Trump lover. Another Russian pawn.
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Saad Saak
+1 #2 Saad Saak 2017-03-21 16:59
Quoting Deranged Donald:
This fake Christian politician - This fraud of a "lawmaker" - We all know how many military trained killers have caused havoc in America.


Dear Donald,
Your blurb certainly defines just how 'deranged' you have let yourself become. Good luck for your future; you will need it.
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