Republicans want to debate gun-ownership bills that could stop some vets from losing gun rights

by Rose L. Thayer
Stars and Stripes

AUSTIN, Texas — Two bills protecting the Second Amendment rights of veterans need to be debated by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, according to Republican members of the committee, who sent a letter last week to the panel’s chairman, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif.

The bills aim to stop some veterans from being included on lists used during background checks that could interfere with their ability to purchase or own a gun.

"These bills address serious issues affecting our nation's veterans -- issues that are about as non-controversial as it gets," said Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the House VA committee.

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