VA wants personal information in exchange for free gun locks

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Fox News: The Veterans Administration is offering free gun locks to former military members — but wants some key personal information in exchange.
Veterans have received forms recently from the VA with an enticing offer of up to four gun locks. The only catch…they need to return a completed form listing their name, address and the number of guns in the home, according to the Washington Times.
“Dear Veteran, a letter sent from the VA’s Philadelphia office reads, “As your partner in health care, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe. If you own a gun, we hope you will request and use a gun lock. As a Veteran, you already know about the importance of firearm safety.”
The Washington Times spoke with one veteran who received the letter and called it “a gun registry in disguise.”
“Young soldiers are already notoriously reluctant to admit any problems with post-traumatic stress disorder,” the veteran, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the paper. “Imagine the effect if the average 23-year-old private … back from Iraq, already reluctant to ask for help … is now hearing rumors that if he seeks help from the VA for sleeplessness, PTSD, nightmares, etc., Big Brother is going take his guns away? Now young veterans will really avoid asking for help.
According to reports, officials for the VA hospital in Philadelphia have been instructed by the administration not to keep on file any information about veterans who own guns.

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“They have been instructed to offer these gun locks to veterans and family members and to keep no gun registries or other information related to the gun lock distribution,” a spokesperson told The Blaze.
It’s not clear if the directive is a part of any written policy at the VA.
“The NRA is opposed to any and all forms of a gun registry,” NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker told FoxNews.com. “The VA initiative raises concerns because veterans are not offered any written assurances that the information they provide the government regarding their firearms will not be kept on file and used for other purposes.”
The gun locks are distributed under a program started under the Bush Administration in 2008 that was modeled after a similar program called Project ChildSafe. The VA has been distributing the gun locks for the past seven years, but it was not immediately clear if the forms are a recent change in protocol.
According to a 2013 report, it is estimated that 22 veterans take their own lives with a gun every day. The program was started with the hopes of lowering that high suicide rate.
The VA has been distributing the locks in a program with local police departments and a firearms trade group.
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andrewlbc
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Have you heard about the new laws we just got hit with here in California? one of them is a huge trojan horse too. Up until january 1st of this year, the purchasing of a handgun involved the regular crap like taxes, fees, DROS forms, and the requirement that you pass a handgun safety test (and pay a fee for the test, and some taxes). What changed is now they have a second test that is required if you want to purchase a long-gun like a shotgun or rifle. Previously, the handgun test was a $20 fee and if you… Read more »

Northerngirl
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Northerngirl

The thinly veiled control games they are playing with our vets totally tees me off. The vets of all people deserve our respect. These men should not have to worry if they take the government’s treatment for PTSD, etc. they will be penalized through gun confiscation. These soldiers have fought for the right to bear arms by serving to keep our country free, to even hint at possibly taking their right away is cruel and twisted on the part of our lowlife government. People keep taking it as the government is slowly chip, chip chips away at our rights; this… Read more »

lawkota
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Never Never Trust you Government go to FAMGUARDIAN.ORG to see if you have to pay FEDERAL INCOME TAX or SOCIAL SECURITY TAX. Your gov is not happy unless they have COMPLETE CONTROL of YOU! Ronald Freeland Law

 
outstandingbachelor
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Free – just like the free lunch programs? Free health programs?
If government leaders were honest enough to call these ‘taxpayer funded’ I might start to take them seriously.

 
truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

How many War Veterans have been responsible for mass shootings in America? Why don’t they apply all this BS to DEMOCRATS for their right to VOTE? THEY have been responsible for almost ALL of the mass shootings so far.

 
Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Perhaps I am not so bright–if this were about safety,would the VA not just give the gun locks to Vets? If this is to prevent Vets from committing suicide, are Vets not able to unlock gun locks? This sounds more like getting the information needs to send the goon squads around to confiscate guns.

 
Dave
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Dave

Excuse me, Mr. armed burglar, while I unlock my gun so I can shoot you.
‘Nuff said.
-Dave

 
lawkota
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Get rid of the SPINELESS/TRAITORS OLD MEN over 50 that are politician’s who don’t care about America they only care about their own pocket books. They have CONTROL of you because they gave your president permission to declare a STATUTE, USE OF VETO POWER, AND EXECUTIVE POWER to CONTROL YOU and YOUR FAMILY. That is the same as having a dictator in the Whitehouse. Gold luck on your FREEDOM AMERICA. God Bless your America!!!. Ronald Freeland Law