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    VA Spars with Republicans over Gun Rights for Veterans Deemed Mentally Incompetent

    VA Spars with Republicans over Gun Rights for Veterans Deemed Mentally Incompetent

    The Department of Veterans Affairs pushed back Tuesday against a effort to ease some veterans' access to guns, arguing that doing so could hamper suicide prevention efforts.

    The opposition came at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on a bill from committee Chairman Mike Bost, R-Ill., that would bar the VA from reporting veterans who are found incapable of managing their own finances to the 's national background check database without first getting a judge's consent.

    Bost, who has identified the bill as one of his top priorities as chairman, and other Republicans argue the legislation is a matter of ensuring veterans receive due process before their rights to own a gun are restricted. Further, they say, the current system could discourage veterans from seeking care at the VA if they fear their guns will be taken away.

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    “My legislation is not guns on demand,” Bost said Tuesday. “It would add one step so that veterans can have their day in court before they lose their constitutional right, as any American should expect.”

    But at Tuesday's hearing, VA officials argued against the bill by pointing to statistics showing correlations between suicidal ideation and financial issues, and that show suicide attempts involving firearms are more lethal than other methods.

    The program at issue “protects some of…

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