U.S. Senator Mike Enzi has joined legislative efforts defending the Second Amendment rights of veterans. Enzi co-sponsored legislating that if passed would protect veterans from being stripped of their rights if unless there's a qualified finding by a judicial body.
The Veterans' Second Amendment Protection Act was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate.
As it stands today, veterans who currently have an appointed Veteran Affairs trustee - someone who helps them with their benefits and finances - are deemed “mentally defective.” This means they may be reported to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System - effectively preventing these types of veterans from being able to purchase firearms.
The act would require that a judicial authority determine that veterans pose a danger to themselves or others before they can be added to the background check system.
As of July 2012, more than 129,000 veterans have been placed on this list simply because Veteran Affairs appointed a trustee to act on their behalf. Enzi said in a media release everyone's constitutional rights should be protected - especially those who've taken an oath to defend those rights for all Americans.