Vietnam veteran fighting to keep right to bear arms after suffering stroke

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PRIEST LAKE, Idaho – A Navy veteran in Idaho says a bill is trying to take away his right to bear arms.

John Arnold served our country in the Navy and fought during the Vietnam War.

In September, Arnold suffered a stroke.

An assessment by Veterans Affairs determined that Arnold could not manage his affairs, meaning that he was in violation of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

The act creates a system to determine if prospective customers are allowed to buy a gun. Part of the act uses the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which instantly alerts a seller if a potential buyer is a felon or has been flagged.

It also makes it illegal for those on the list to sell or possess firearms.

Authorities say the system is constantly updated and a name can be manually added by the police department, a family member or a health care professional if the patient is deemed as a threat.

Officials say a mental health care professional added Arnold’s name to the list, meaning he was in jeopardy of losing his weapons.

“If people let the small stuff go by without fighting it, the other stuff that you don’t see gets bigger and bigger and more dangerous,” Arnold told KHQ.

The community heard about Arnold’s situation and stepped in to help.

Dozens of people, including the county sheriff and a representative, showed up to support Arnold, saying they would stop any inspection or weapons seizure.

“I was amazed. Thankful and amazed,” Arnold said.

The VA announced that it would not be conducting an inspection of Arnold’s home.

Now, he must go through an appeal process to have his name removed from the list.

He believes the whole situation began with a clerical error.

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