Priest River community stands up for veteran facing gun seizure - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Priest River community stands up for veteran facing gun seizure

Posted: Updated:
ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler also stood up for Arnold's rights. He told a VA rep that his office would stop any inspection and attempt at a weapons seizure. Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler also stood up for Arnold's rights. He told a VA rep that his office would stop any inspection and attempt at a weapons seizure.
PRIEST LAKE, Idaho -

UPDATE: North Idaho veteran John Arnold found himself in the middle of a political firestorm Thursday afternoon. The vet suffered a stroke and, under the Brady Handgun Act, was found to be mentally incompetent to own a firearm by Veteran Affairs.

The Brady Handgun act is a system for determining if prospective firearms buyers can buy that gun. Part of the Brady act utilizes a system called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It instantly alerts a seller if a potential buyer is a felon, or has otherwise been flagged and can't legally buy the gun.

The NICS is constantly updated with new people appearing on it all the time. A name can also be manually added in emergency situations by, for example, mental health care providers, police departments or family members requesting placement of an individual into the NICS system.

That is what happened in this case. John Arnold's name was added to the NICS list by a mental health professional. When the list was updated and his name showed up, he was in jeopardy of losing his weapons. Until Rep. Heather Scott, and many others stepped in. At one point there are dozens of people in front of Arnold's home protesting what they called a violation of Arnold's rights.

Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler also stood up for Arnold's rights. He told a VA rep that his office would stop any inspection and attempt at a weapons seizure.

Around 1:30pm, the VA announced it would not be conducting an inspection of Arnold's home.

Previous Coverage: 

Idaho Representative for District One, Heather Scott, is planning a protest Thursday in Priest River. The protest has to do with an assessment letter Representative Scott says she received about a veteran being stripped of his right to own a gun.

This is a message Rep. Scott posted on her Facebook page:

Time to Stand against Gun Confiscation in North Idaho!

Based on an assessment of a letter I received, I believe that the Department of Veterans Affairs is coming to a veteran’s home in Priest River today to check for and confiscate his guns based on nothing more than a stroke which has left him with some mild physical impairment.

If you feel, as I do, that our veterans should not be treated like 3rd class citizens or common criminals, please join me between 9am and noon at the Congregational Church parking lot on HWY 2 to stand with this Veteran and show that the citizens of Bonner & Boundary County will stand firm on this issue.

KHQ's Victor Correa is on his way to Priest River. Look for details throughout the day and tonight on KHQ Local News at 5pm.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Air quality reaches hazardous levels in Spokane

    Air quality reaches hazardous levels in Spokane

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:57 AM EDT2018-08-20 13:57:41 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Windy conditions and wildfire smoke have hit the Inland Northwest hard as air quality levels rose throughout the day, ending up in the hazardous range Sunday evening. Changes in wind direction have brought over more smoke to the area from wildfires around northern and central Washington, as well as from British Columbia. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Windy conditions and wildfire smoke have hit the Inland Northwest hard as air quality levels rose throughout the day, ending up in the hazardous range Sunday evening. Changes in wind direction have brought over more smoke to the area from wildfires around northern and central Washington, as well as from British Columbia. 

    >>
  • Spokane Valley firefighters battle structure fire at apartments

    Spokane Valley firefighters battle structure fire at apartments

    Monday, August 20 2018 1:54 AM EDT2018-08-20 05:54:41 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- Spokane Valley firefighters are working to put out a fire at an apartment building on 6th Avenue. 

    Firefighters brought in extra resources because they were worried the fire could spread to nearby brush but they have been fighting it for about an hour. They tell KHQ that they have managed to keep it contained to one building, although there are multiple units inside. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- Spokane Valley firefighters are working to put out a fire at an apartment building on 6th Avenue. 

    Firefighters brought in extra resources because they were worried the fire could spread to nearby brush but they have been fighting it for about an hour. They tell KHQ that they have managed to keep it contained to one building, although there are multiple units inside. 

    >>
  • Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting in Spokane Valley

    Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting in Spokane Valley

    Sunday, August 19 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-08-19 23:47:04 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A male suspect has died after being involved in a police shooting following a standoff situation in Spokane Valley Sunday morning. Police say the matter originated as a vandalism call after a man pulled into a gas station and began breaking windows in a vehicle. They later found the male to be armed and possibly suicidal, leading to a standoff at Trent and Evergreen where he was barricaded in the vehicle. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A male suspect has died after being involved in a police shooting following a standoff situation in Spokane Valley Sunday morning. Police say the matter originated as a vandalism call after a man pulled into a gas station and began breaking windows in a vehicle. They later found the male to be armed and possibly suicidal, leading to a standoff at Trent and Evergreen where he was barricaded in the vehicle. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • State will kill members of wolf pack to protect cattle

    State will kill members of wolf pack to protect cattle

    Monday, August 20 2018 12:20 PM EDT2018-08-20 16:20:26 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The state of Washington will take steps to kill members of a wolf pack that have been preying on cattle in the northeast corner of the state. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says members of the Togo pack have preyed on cattle three times in the past 30 days, and six times in the past 10 months.  

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The state of Washington will take steps to kill members of a wolf pack that have been preying on cattle in the northeast corner of the state. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says members of the Togo pack have preyed on cattle three times in the past 30 days, and six times in the past 10 months.  

    >>
  • Air quality reaches hazardous levels in Spokane

    Air quality reaches hazardous levels in Spokane

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:57 AM EDT2018-08-20 13:57:41 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Windy conditions and wildfire smoke have hit the Inland Northwest hard as air quality levels rose throughout the day, ending up in the hazardous range Sunday evening. Changes in wind direction have brought over more smoke to the area from wildfires around northern and central Washington, as well as from British Columbia. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Windy conditions and wildfire smoke have hit the Inland Northwest hard as air quality levels rose throughout the day, ending up in the hazardous range Sunday evening. Changes in wind direction have brought over more smoke to the area from wildfires around northern and central Washington, as well as from British Columbia. 

    >>
  • Beating King of Pop, The Eagles have No.1 album of all-time

    Beating King of Pop, The Eagles have No.1 album of all-time

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:30 AM EDT2018-08-20 13:30:48 GMT

    NEW YORK - The Eagles' greatest hits album has moonwalked past Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to become history's best-selling album of all-time.    The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles' album - "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" - is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies. 

    >>

    NEW YORK - The Eagles' greatest hits album has moonwalked past Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to become history's best-selling album of all-time.    The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles' album - "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" - is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies. 

    >>