We reported last year on a rule change within the Social Security Administration, prompted by an executive order from President Obama, that could have meant many law abiding gun owners being forced to give up their guns.
The rule took effect last week, but isn’t subject to mandatory compliance until later this year, according to this story from guns.com.
When it does, anyone who receives disability insurance or supplemental security and requires help from someone else to manage their personal finances will be reported to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), prohibiting them from making firearm purchases.
However, the story says Congress is gearing up to undo Obama’s order.
“Congress’s decision to review the Obama administration’s back-door gun grab is a significant step forward in protecting a fundamental constitutional right for law-abiding gun owners,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “The NRA has been fighting this unconstitutional government overreach since it was first discussed, and we look forward to swift congressional action.”
“We must not respond to gun violence by scapegoating the disability community,” wrote a group of lawyers and scholars this week who oppose the rule. “Regardless of what one thinks of the overall gun control agenda, it is unconscionable to stigmatize and impose this onerous burden on innocent Americans with disabilities.”
Gun-rights advocates have been sounding off about the rule since it was announced last year as part of his sweeping executive gun controls on January 5, 2016.
“What is next? Keeping guns away from people who can’t drive or do math? What about other rights? Should ‘financially incompetent’ people be forbidden from voting or making other decisions?” wrote pro-gun researcher John R. Lott earlier this month.
The week before Christmas 2016, the Obama administration issued the finalized version of the ban, repealing the Second Amendment rights of an estimated 75,000 people, the story says.
“Congress’ decision to review the Obama administration’s backdoor gun grab is a significant step forward in restoring the fundamental constitutional rights of many law-abiding gun owners,” Cox said in this post on breitbart.com.”The NRA has been fighting this unconstitutional government overreach since it was first discussed and we look forward to swift congressional action to overturn it.””