Military veterans are already under attack by federal government regarding their 2nd Amendment rights. If Veterans Affairs decides that a particular veteran is incompetent to handle his own financial affairs, they give that information over to the FBI who adds that person’s name to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). As long as your name stays on that list, you won’t be able to own a firearm. And if a military veteran is found in possession of firearms in spite of being labeled “incompetent” by the VA, he can be fined and/or jailed.
Now, this particular case doesn’t necessarily have to do with the VA labeling a military vet as incompetent. He’s merely the victim of a really stupid bureaucratic federal system that’s aimed at trying to prevent guns from ending up in the hands of bad people. As a fellow blogger pointed out, a federal government concerned more withprevention rather than punishment of crime results in a society where crime is neither prevented nor punished justly. And the law-abiding are treated as criminals.
Ron Kelly retired from the Army in 1993 after 20 years of service. As an infantryman who fired tanks and machine guns, he likely expelled over 100,000 rounds. So, I think he knows his way around a gun. But when he tried to buy a .22 caliber rifle at a local Wal-Mart recently, he was turned down because of an old conviction.
Forty-two years before, when he was in high school, he got arrested for having a baggie of marijuana. He wasn’t even sentenced to a night in jail, but he did get one year of probation. This was back in 1971, and two years later, he joined the army.
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