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You may have recently seen this headline. Veterans losing their gun rights is not new, but it should worry you how it’s being done – because you’re next.

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Most of the regulations that are in effect began when they were codified by Congress in the Gun Control Act of 1968. Within these regulations, it is illegal for a person to own a firearm that “has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution

When the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was enacted in 1993, it created the National Instant Check System (NICS). This is the instant federal background check system that verifies that a potential firearm buyer is not restricted from purchasing.

In a continual crusade to collect all records, the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NCISIAA) was passed to further monetize rewards for States that provide information and specific penalties if they do not.

Every State has its own definition of mental capacity, but Federal regulations state in 27 C.F.R. § 478.11 a person shall be deemed mentally defective if a

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“determination by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that a person, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease: (1) Is a danger to himself or to others; or (2) Lacks the mental capacity to contract or manage his own affairs.”

Manage his own affairs” is the legal lynch pin here. Who get to determine this qualification?  – “Any governing board or agency”. This clearly qualifies the Veterans Affairs (VA), when finding a veteran has diminished mental capacity to manage their benefits, to report such a finding to the NICS, which in turn removes that person’s ability to purchase or own a firearm. The VA does not have to disclose how it came to that determination. Nor do they have to reply to an inquiry or appeal. If a request is not responded to in 365 days, the appeal is automatically denied. In addition, the fiduciary department that is in charge of the oversight has been cited as “completely broken” by the Inspector General in testimony before Congress. The only recourse a veteran has is to file a lawsuit.

When Obama issued his executive actions, they were intended to accomplish two things: 1) Finally once and for all require the states to give the federal government all your personal histories and records. 2) Disarm as many citizens as is possible.  Read over the Executive Actions, then follow along my thought process:

#1 – If you give information to ANY federal agency, the NICS has it.

 #2 Gives NICS access to your medical records.

#3 Denies funding to states so they have to comply.

#4 Change the definition of “mentally stable” to fit the most broadly applicable standards.

#14 Further connects gun violence to mental health problems.

#16 The net widens; here enters the “gun in home” argument. Enlist the doctors to tell on you.

#20 Incentive to doctors – i.e. the Fed will pay for your treatments if you comply with #16.

The Center for Disease control has already found that over 25% of Americans suffer from mental illness – sound familiar? All that is needed to be done is to declare that these individuals need to be included in the ‘mentally defective’ definition. Next, further restrict them from RESIDING in a home with a gun. (Remember your doctor’s questions from #16) This will effectively remove 68% of the guns in America.

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