Dem  GOP    Vote: 169  H R 1181  16-Mar-2017
Yes 240 12
228
No 175 173
2
No Vote 14 8
6
Present 0  
 

Gun Checks on Unstable Veterans
A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Voting 240 for and 175 against, the House on March 16, 2017, passed a bill that would require patient-by-patient judicial review before the Department of Veterans Affairs could submit the names of veterans with serious mental issues to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) on gun purchasers. Such referrals now occur without judicial oversight. Under the bill (HR 1181), a judicial authority must rule the person "mentally defective" before any referral to the FBI. Foes of the existing policy said it violates Second Amendment rights, while backers said it is common sense to keep guns away from a population afflicted by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and high rates of suicide.

Ken Buck, R-Colo., said: "The decision to strip any constitutional right from anyone, most importantly our veterans...needs to be made with due process."

Mike Thompson, D-Calif., said it was "absolute stupidity" for the bill to "make it easier for veterans to take their own lives. I don't want to see another veteran become a statistic."

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.
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Virginia Tally
Wittman (R-1)   Yea Montross, VA  
Taylor (R-2)   Yea Virginia Beach, VA  
Scott (VA) (D-3 )   Nay Newport News, VA  
McEachin (D-4)   Nay Richmond, VA  
Garrett (R-5 )   Yea Buckingham County, VA  
Goodlatte (R-6 )   Yea Roanoke, VA  
Brat (R-7)   Yea Glen Allen, VA  
Beyer (D-8 )   Not Voting Alexandria, VA  
Griffith (R-9 )   Yea Salem, VA  
Comstock (R-10 )   Yea McLean, VA  
Connolly (D-11 )   Nay Mantua, VA