Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

NRA Applauds U.S. Rep McSally's Introduction of Mental Health Bill

Friday, October 16, 2015

NRA Applauds U.S. Rep McSally's Introduction of Mental Health Bill

Last week, U.S. Representative Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) introduced HR 3722, NRA supported legislation to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens from continued bureaucratic abuse by the Obama Administration while strengthening America’s failing mental health system.  McSally’s bill is the House version of the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, introduced in August in the U.S. Senate by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) as S. 2002.

As we reported here on S.2002, the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act requires that significant due process protections must be in place before an individual can be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as a prohibited person under the Gun Control Act (GCA).  This critical change is necessary as the Obama Administration continues to sweep more and more Americans into NICS, with his agencies hard at work to deny the Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding with no due process whatsoever.

As we’ve reported here and here, the Veterans Administration (VA) has forwarded an estimated 177,000 veterans into NICS simply because they’ve been assigned someone to help them manage their financial affairs.  This is being done to our brave service men and women by simple bureaucratic fiat, with no chance for a hearing, no right to counsel, and no opportunity to argue their case before the VA forwards their name to NICS.  These veterans can appeal the decision after VA makes the determination, but there is no such right before they are, in essence, “found guilty.” 

But it’s not just the VA.  As reported in the L.A. Times in July, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently developing a similar program to forward to NICS the names of those SSA recipients who need help with their finances.  Of course, helping to manage a checkbook has nothing to do with public safety; this is just another way for the Obama Administration to prohibit more Americans from owning guns.  This program has the potential to assign prohibited person status to over four million Americans, and if implemented as it has been reported, would amount to the largest gun grab in our history.  HR 3722 bill will end these abuses.

Beyond the due process mandate, the bill will also provide incentive funding to the states to forward prohibiting mental health records to the NICS, but, importantly, the bill clarifies the scope of mental health records that are to be shared to ensure that only those who pose a danger to themselves or others are included.

HR 3722 strengthens several federal programs to fix our ailing mental health system.  In addition to targeting funding to improve local responses to those in mental health crisis, HR 3722 also will help state and local authorities to identify the dangerously mentally ill while also providing treatment resources for communities to prevent acts of violence.

The NRA applauds Rep. McSally’s commitment to the Second Amendment rights of all Americans while recognizing the need to address America’s broken mental health system.  We look forward to working with her, along with Senator Cornyn in the Senate, to push for passage of the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act to address these critical needs.

TRENDING NOW
Colorado: Assault Weapons Ban Vote Happening This Week! Merchant Category Mandate Legislation Headed to the Governor

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Colorado: Assault Weapons Ban Vote Happening This Week! Merchant Category Mandate Legislation Headed to the Governor

The Colorado General Assembly continues to throttle down on gun control. Today, House Majority Leader Monica Duran announced that HB24-1292, the so-called “assault weapons” ban, could be voted on as soon as this week after lying ...

NRA Scores Legal Victory Against ATF; “Pistol Brace Rule” Enjoined From Going Into Effect Against NRA Members

Monday, April 1, 2024

NRA Scores Legal Victory Against ATF; “Pistol Brace Rule” Enjoined From Going Into Effect Against NRA Members

NRA Members Among the Largest Class Protected from Draconian Rule

The 97Percent Lie

News  

Monday, April 8, 2024

The 97Percent Lie

The newest kid on the block in the gun-ban movement is a group calling itself 97Percent, which claims it has “a deep commitment to promoting responsible gun ownership and enhancing public safety.” 

Maine: Wednesday: Floor Vote on Classifying Shotguns as "Machine Guns"

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Maine: Wednesday: Floor Vote on Classifying Shotguns as "Machine Guns"

Senator Anne Carney, Maine's leading gun grabber, is at it again.

“Crime Guns” -- D.C.’s MPD Under an ATF Cloud

News  

Monday, April 8, 2024

“Crime Guns” -- D.C.’s MPD Under an ATF Cloud

Some reckonings are a long time coming. The District of Columbia’s irrational hostility to all things gun-related and to legitimate, licensed retail gun dealers in particular, has reportedly culminated with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, ...

NRA Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Hawaii’s Butterfly Knife Ban

Friday, April 5, 2024

NRA Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Hawaii’s Butterfly Knife Ban

On March 28, 2024, NRA filed an amicus brief with the en banc Ninth Circuit in Teter v. Lopez, a challenge to Hawaii’s prohibition on the possession of butterfly knives.

Colorado: Floor Votes Expected Next Week on Semi-Auto Ban and Liability Insurance Mandate!

Friday, April 5, 2024

Colorado: Floor Votes Expected Next Week on Semi-Auto Ban and Liability Insurance Mandate!

Next week both HB24-1292 the “assault weapons” ban, and HB24-1270, gun owner liability insurance mandate, could receive votes on the House floor. Additionally, the House Finance Committee is scheduled to hear anti-gun legislation which creates a redundant state permitting ...

Grassroots Spotlight: New Mexico Grassroots

Take Action  

Monday, April 8, 2024

Grassroots Spotlight: New Mexico Grassroots

The 2024 New Mexico State Legislative Session had no shortage of extreme anti-gun legislation being pushed by none other than Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Maryland: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die from 2024 Session

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Maryland: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die from 2024 Session

Last night, the Maryland General Assembly adjourned sine die from its 2024 legislative session. On the last day of the session, The Gun Industry Accountability Act, HB 947, was passed and is now headed to the Governor's desk. The ...

Colorado: Extreme Gun Control on the Move! Take Action Now!

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Colorado: Extreme Gun Control on the Move! Take Action Now!

Anti-gun extremists in the General Assembly have been busy at work infringing on your constitutional rights.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.