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A group of residents in northern Idaho lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran’s house on Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning on confiscating the man’s weapons.
Idaho Republican state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard said the Veteran Affairs office has sent a letter to John Arnold of Priest River warning him that he cannot possess or purchase firearms.
The protest -spearheaded by Scott- attracted roughly 100 people. Among them were Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who promised to stand guard against any federal attempts to remove Arnold’s guns, and Republican Washington state Rep. Matthew Shea of Spokane Valley, who described the event as a “defiance against tyranny.”
A memo from February of 2012 was first obtained by the Daily Caller and titled “MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION REGARDING THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM,” has been causing quite the stir.
This particular memo dictates that the VA must submit veterans health-related information to the FBI by way of encrypted compact disc and mailed quarterly. It states that the records will be used to update the NICS or National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
That's why I live in a republic called the usa not a democracy . My rights are god given and it doesn't matter if 99% of people don't want me to have those rights .
originally posted by: stormbringer1701
Sadly; there are 49 to 51 percent of americans that think this sort of government douchery is a good idea.
On Thursday morning, dozens of gun rights activists gathered outside Arnold's home. Many of them were under the impression a government official would be carrying out an inspection of Arnold's home and if guns were found in the house, they would be removed. Darryl Heisey with the Idaho Division of Veteran Services says that's not how the process works.
"In the 12 years I've been doing this, I've never seen a federal agency go into someone's home when we're working with a veteran and inspect or remove weapons from them, I've never seen that," says Heisey.