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H.R. 1217: Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act

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Should a vet find a firearm hard to get?


When a person attempts to purchase a firearm, they have to go through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The system then flags people who can’t own such a weapon, for example those with restraining orders against them or who have previously been committed to a mental institution.

When it comes to veterans, there’s an unusual provision in federal law. Since 1998, any veteran who is assigned a fiduciary to manage their VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) benefits — due to injury, disease, or age — is automatically reported to NICS.

This makes the VA the only federal department or agency with such a policy, even though other governmental agencies provide income or disability benefits …

Sponsor and status

Mike Bost

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 12th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 23, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Feb 23, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 23, 2021

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19 Cosponsors (19 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 23, 2021

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