It all started when John Arnold received a letter on July 30th of this year explaining that Veterans Affairs representatives were planning to come pick up his guns.
Arnold had a stroke just after he turned 70. In January, paperwork was filed with the VA that claims Arnold was financially incompetent and couldn’t handle his affairs.
According to the veteran, the check-box was ‘checked’ in error. He maintains that he has always been competent to handle his own affairs, but the VA said that because of the paperwork, the veteran was no longer allowed to buy, sell, or possess firearms.
The letter Arnold received on July 30th stated the VA would show up at his home and confiscate his weapons on August 6th. That’s when the Bonner County Sheriff and his deputies, said they would prevent the VA from doing any such thing. This also prompted dozens of people to show up on his front lawn in protest of what they feel is an over-reach on the part of the government.
Arnold was amazed by all the support he received from the community. Two Idaho representatives, Heather Scott and Matt Shea, showed up as well. A field officer from veteran services showed up as well to announce that the VA inspector wouldn’t be showing up. Arnold is expected to appeal the paperwork he believes was filed in error. According to the veteran, “if somebody else makes an error and they cause you grief they should fix it. That’s all I want is that stuff to get fixed.”
I couldn’t agree more, but until then, it’s likely the VA will simply show up on a day when the Sheriff and his deputies, as well as a horde of community members aren’t standing in Arnold’s front yard. This is just one more step toward taking weapons away from anyone the government doesn’t want to have weapons. If 70 year old veterans aren’t safe, then no one is.