Democrats are trying to make it illegal for the Veterans Administration to sell guns, according to a new amendment they’ve introduced to a budget bill.
The measure would bar the VA from making the guns available to its contractors.
The amendment was introduced Thursday in the House by Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D.W.
Va., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.
The House vote comes after a federal judge in Washington issued an injunction preventing the VA in May from turning over more than half a million firearms to private buyers.
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit challenging the order.
The government is expected to appeal the injunction, which was issued last week.
The VA has said the sale of the guns is necessary for veterans to get medical care and the agency does not have the authority to sell the weapons.