We get a lot of questions about veterans who receive VA disability benefits for mental health conditions and their right to purchase, own and carry concealed weapons. In a nutshell, most vets who are diagnosed with PTSD or other mental health conditions have no worries about purchasing guns. The rules are pretty clear that if you have never been committed to an institution to treat a mental health condition, you shouldn't have any issues purchasing a gun.
To consider a concealed carry permit, we have to look at laws that are local to where you are. Different regions (states, counties, cities) often have their own unique regulations about who is or isn't qualified to get a concealed carry license. Like so many other regulatory topics, there is only one single way to determine whether or not your rated condition will interfere with your 2nd amendment rights. You have to apply.
I usually tell veterans who question whether they can purchase a firearm to go for it right now. Head to your local weapons retailer and tell them you want to buy a gun but you aren't sure which one. Go through the NICS application without saying anything to anyone at the store regarding your VA disability status. The less you say, the better.
Respond to all the qquestions on the NICS form openly and honestly. The worst thing you can do is to fudge the facts. Your credibility is on the line, play straight with NICS. If the application is approved, you're done. If not, you go to the simple and easy to use appeals process.
Nobody will be able to tell you for sure whether or not you'll be approved to purchase, own and carry weapons. You have to start the process for yourself.
So...no more questions, go buy a pistol!
Concealed Carry Permits and Veterans
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