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I would ask for a cite on this one. I have no doubt that folks who have seen VA psychiatrists for significant mental illnesses have been denied the RKBA, however I haven't seen any indication that folks who routinely seek counseling from the VA are losing their right.Couple that with the uncounted numbers of returning military combat veterans who have found themselves disqualified because they sought counseling or other assistance from the Veterans’ Administration.
There was a recent story about the VA sharing information about folks who are counseled and causing them to lose their RKBA, however IIRC that was debunked.
That being said, there should be a mechanism for folks to remove any disabilities to their RKBA. I would require the burden of proof on violent felons that they are "rehabilitated" be 100% on them. If there is any doubt to their suitability to carry weapons, the tough. They did it to themselves.
One piece of advice: never plead guilty unless you are. When you say, "I wasn't guilty and didn't know all the consequences of pleading guilty," I will say, "Tough."
The law defining felonies needs to be adjusted. It is too vague. I am surprised that the courts have not struck the provision down as being too vague. A misdemeanor for which no sentence is defined will be interpreted by the federal law as a felony since it can carry a sentence of more than one year. A much better standard would be the actual sentence, not the maximum possible sentence.