Rep. Roy introduces Legislation to Defend Veterans’ Second Amendment Rights

March 10, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Representative Chip Roy (TX-21) and House Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Bost (IL-12) reintroduced the Defending Veterans’ Second Amendments Rights Act, an effort to protect the Second Amendment rights of the brave men and women who have served our nation.

This legislation would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from transferring veterans’ information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) solely because they have received a disability rating for a mental illness. Unfortunately, many veterans fear that if they seek care or benefits for mental health issues at the VA they might risk losing their constitutional right to bear arms. No veteran should be discouraged from seeking the benefits that they have rightfully earned in the defense of our republic.

“No veteran should fear losing their God-given right to self-defense simply because they sought the care they have earned in the process of defending our republic. The heroes who put their lives on the line for us deserve better than that, especially when Washington Democrats are working overtime to make our country less safe by hamstringing law enforcement and empowering cartels and foreign criminals with reckless open border policies” said Congressman Chip Roy (TX-21). “I am proud to take a stand for our veterans and their Second Amendment rights by introducing this legislation.”

Full text of the bill is available here.

Congressman Roy’s floor remarks about Democrats’ latest gun control efforts can be found here.