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June 11, 2024

House Passes VA Funding Bill with Crane Amendment to Safeguard 2A Rights

Yesterday, the House passed the FY25 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, fully funding veterans’ programs and benefits for the next fiscal year.

The final version of the bill included an amendment introduced by Rep. Crane protecting veterans’ Second Amendment rights.

Specifically, the Crane amendment clarifies that any veteran who was reported to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by a VA fiduciary was done so incorrectly, in violation of their constitutional rights.

To date, more than 260,000 veterans have been wrongfully submitted to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, impeding their right to acquire and carry firearms.

The amendment also forces the VA Secretary to instruct the Attorney General to remove these veterans from the NICS list.

In addition to safeguarding veterans’ constitutional rights, the final appropriations bill fully funds veterans’ programs and benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as ensuring no taxpayer funds go towards abortion services at the VA.