gop blocks bid to prevent mentally ill veterans from buying guns
the also blocked a bill to prevent terrorists on the fbi most wanted list from buying guns
1. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sought to amend the bill to stop the Veterans Affairs Department from putting the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which prohibits them from buying or owning firearms.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., objected, saying the measure would make it easier for veterans with mental illness to own a gun, endangering themselves and others.
"I love our veterans, I vote for them all the time. They defend us," Schumer said. "If you are a veteran or not and you have been judged to be mentally infirm, you should not have a gun."
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2. Judiciary Republicans kill bill blocking gun sales to suspected terrorists
The Hill 05/13/11 05:56