Federal agencies have long been adding the nation's veterans to a list of those prohibited from possessing firearms-- and are now looking to add up to 4.2 million names of those on Social Security and SSI to the database.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), The Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are now moving to take guns from Veterans. It is not just veterans that are facing disarmament, now it is anyone who is receiving Social Security Benefits.
The Dept. of Veteran Affairs is sending to the FBI, each month, the names of Veterans that have received care at their facilities. This care, the VA feels, should preclude them from purchasing firearms. These patients have committed no crimes, however they may have said or done something during a VA visit that caused concern, they may have received counseling or are currently on medication, this is all that it takes-- then you're on the "list."
The FBI doesn't review the cases or names provided to them or investigate anything. It's an administrative action so, you have no rights. Not that it matters, because it's all secret. The FBI just takes the names from the VA and puts you on a no buy list of prohibited possessors. Its estimated that 179,000 vets are now on this list, for doing nothing more but asking for and/or receiving care from a VA Clinic.
Have you committed crimes such as: switching your VA Benefit Account to "auto pay", transferring the payments to go to your debit card, or have a nurse come to your home?--these are things that The VA recommends to patient's that they do too! It is the VA that is driving these numbers. Through the VAs own recommendations, they are bumping up the number of reported names. And, the ATF is going to be the enforcement arm of these policies.
Ask The Branch Davidians or Randy Weaver how visits from the ATF go.
Steven Overman, a 30-year-old former Marine who lives in Virginia, said his case demonstrates the flaws of judging gun safety through financial competence.
After his Humvee hit a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury that weakened his memory and cognitive ability.
The VA eventually deemed him 100 percent disabled and after reviewing his case in 2012 declared him incompetent, making his wife his fiduciary.
"I didn't know the VA could take away your guns," he said.
The push is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws regulating who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System aka NICS, which is used to prevent gun sales, from gun shops to felons, drug addicts, illegal immigrants and "others."
The background check system was created in 1993 by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, named after White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was partially paralyzed after being shot in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan.
The law requires gun stores to run the names of prospective buyers through the FBI's NICS system before every sale.
About 2.7 million people are now receiving disability payments from Social Security for mental health problems, a potentially higher risk category for gun ownership. An addition 1.5 million have their finances handled by others for a variety of reasons.
Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.
This is a large group, in the language of Federal Gun Laws, who are unable to manage their own affairs due to, "marked subnormal intelligence, a mental illness, incompetency, condition or disease."
Roughly 4.2 million Social Security beneficiaries will be dropped into this database.
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