published : 2023-10-26

Senate Passes Amendment Protecting Veterans' Second Amendment Rights

NRA Applauds Senators Kennedy and Moran

A photo of Senator John Kennedy speaking passionately on the Senate floor, defending the rights of veterans. This powerful image was taken with a Nikon D850 camera.

The Senate voted 53 to 45 in favor of an amendment introduced by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., that safeguards veterans' Second Amendment rights in the event that the Department of Veterans Affairs assumes control over their financial benefits.

Sen. Kennedy, in an interview with Fox News Digital, stated, 'Veterans who bravely serve our country should not have their own rights contingent on the decisions of unelected bureaucrats. However, at present, this is the case.'

He continued, 'My amendment aims to prevent government workers from unjustly depriving veterans of their right to bear arms. Every veteran who has courageously served our country has earned VA benefits, and it is unjust for the government to penalize veterans who seek assistance in managing those resources.'

Under the current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs reports a veteran's name to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System when they request financial assistance through a conservatorship.

An image of veterans proudly waving American flags during a peaceful protest in support of their Second Amendment rights. This captivating photo was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Kennedy explained on the Senate floor, 'If a veteran, who risked their life to defend our country, turns to the VA and asks for help managing their finances, the VA automatically reports that veteran to the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System...resulting in the loss of their firearm. Automatically. Without due process.'

The amendment was spearheaded by Kennedy and fellow Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, who championed the measure as one that would prevent government workers from unjustly depriving veterans of their right to bear arms.

Randy Kozuch, the executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, praised the passing of the amendment and commended Senators Kennedy and Moran for leading the effort.

Kozuch stated exclusively to Fox News Digital, 'The men and women who willingly volunteer to defend the Constitution deserve to be protected by that same Constitution. It is a national disgrace that anti-gun bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. have been allowed to strip veterans of their rights for decades. On behalf of the millions of NRA members, many of whom are veterans, we applaud Senators Kennedy and Moran for their leadership on this crucial issue.'

A close-up shot of a veteran holding a pocket-sized Constitution, symbolizing their unwavering commitment to defending the principles enshrined in it. This inspiring photo was taken with a Sony Alpha A7R III.

Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy voiced opposition to the amendment, arguing that it would arm veterans who are 'mentally incompetent' and lead to dire consequences for those suffering from severe mental illness.

The passing of this amendment comes after Sen. Kennedy shared that he had reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the amendment. Previously, Kennedy had withheld support for the bill funding the departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, as well as military construction.

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