S. 572, Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act 1 (August 8, 2013)

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COST ESTIMATE
August 8, 2013
S. 572
Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act
As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Veterans'Affairs on July 24, 2013
S. 572 would modify an existing requirement that certain individuals determined to be
mentally incompetent by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) be prohibited from
purchasing or possessing legal firearms. CBO expects that implementing S. 572 would
have no significant budgetary impact.
Under current law, when VA deems individuals to be mentally incapacitated, mentally
incompetent, experiencing an extended loss of consciousness, or otherwise unable to
manage their own affairs, it is required to provide that information to the Department of
Justice (DOJ). Such individuals are then added to the list of those prohibited from
purchasing or possessing firearms. Under S. 572, a judicial authority would have to
determine that veterans are dangerous before VA would be required to report them to DOJ.
CBO expects that such a requirement would have an insignificant impact on VA's
workload.
Enacting S. 572 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go
procedures do not apply.
S. 572 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal
governments.
On May 13, 2013, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for H.R. 602, the Veterans 2nd
Amendment Protection Act, as ordered reported by the House Committee on Veterans'
Affairs on May 8, 2013. That bill's language is similar to the text of 5. 572 and CBO
similarly estimated no significant budgetary impact for H.R. 602.
The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Dwayne M. Wright. The estimate was approved
by Peter H. Fontaine, Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

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