How would you like to sacrifice 20 years of your life to your country only to be told you cannot buy a .22 at Walmart because of a 42-year-old drug charge?
According to a CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas that’s exactly what happened to Army veteran Ron Kelly.
While in the army Kelly fired tanks, cannons, and machine guns in service for the United States. He even had special security clearance. But when he applied to the FBI for the right to purchase a .22 caliber rifle from Walmart he was denied because of a drug charge dating back to 1971.
Kelly was in high school when he was sentenced to a one year probation because of the misdemeanor. 2 Years later he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served for 20 years.
“I am ashamed of the way my government has treated me. The government may have the greatest intentions with the law, but they messed it up” Kelly said.
When Walmart told him he had failed the background check to buy the gun, he applied the second time and was once again denied.
“I am not going to give up,” Kelly said. “I want to have a gun.”
According to CBS,
Background checks are required by federal law for anybody wanting to own a gun, and over 881,000 people in Texas have had background checks prior to purchasing firearms this year alone.
A report about Texas Army veteran Ron Kelly in the Houston Chronicle reads:
“According to the FBI, which runs the background checks known as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the law states that a person can be prevented from owing a gun if they are convicted of a misdemeanor in which they could spend more than two years behind bars.”
Then teenage Kelly was given one year probation for his youthful indiscretion and went on to serve his country valiantly, but none of that apparently matters. The Army veteran has contacted Texas Republican Representative Michael McCaul and GOP Senator John Cornyn for help with the loss of his Second Amendment rights. Kelly noted that he would be content with a waiver which would allow him to regain his gun ownership rights.
It is absolutely unacceptable that we would allow a man to put his life in danger and to use firearms to protect this nation only to deny him those rights when he comes home. This is just another case of how background checks really do very little to keep us safe since those who want to use guns for evil are criminals who don’t go through those channels to obtain firearms.
In the end we think Ron Kelly will get that .22 that he wants and deserves. I would even like to see him get something “bigger and badder” but after fighting for our nation the least we can do is let him exercise his 2nd amendment rights. After all, were it not for men and women like Ron Kelly we would not have any rights at all. Leave a comment below to let us know what you think about this story.