Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho has introduced a bill in the Senate that would protect the Second Amendment rights of Social Security beneficiaries.
Last summer, we reported that the White House planned to restrict up to 4.3 million Social Security recipients from owning firearms in what the NRA called the “largest gun grab in American History.” Under the directive, anyone who has to have their finances managed by another person would be reported to the FBI’s background check system, and they would not be allowed to purchase or own a firearm.
Since then, several pieces of legislation have been put forth to block any such attempts, including H.R. 3516, introduced in September by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-3rd Disrict) of Texas.
Crapo’s legislation, Senate Bill 2495, is a companion measure to Johnson’s bill that would prevent the Social Security Administration from using determinations about “the management and payment of an individual’s benefits,” according to this story from guns.com.
“It is inappropriate for the Social Security Administration to make determinations about an individual’s ability to buy or possess a firearm. This bill would protest the rights of Social Security beneficiaries from having their Constitutional rights arbitrarily revoked,” said Crapo, a Republican, in the story.
This all stems from a 2013 memorandum issued by President Obama that directed federal agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, to collect information on “individuals who may be determined to be what (the National Instant Criminal Background Check System) refers to as ‘mentally deficient'” and submit it to NICS. The release says that an individual will be determined to be mentally deficient if “a court, board or other lawful authority” finds that the person “is a danger to themselves or others, or is unable to contract or manage their own affairs.”
In January, Obama issued several executive orders, including one that directed the SSA to move forward with rules that would require the reporting of certain individuals to NICS.
Crapo’s said that the SSA appoints a “representative payee” for some beneficiaries who “may need assistance to manage their benefits, and because it’s not made “through a court of law,” it should not be ” a determination of a beneficiary’s mental capacity.”
The Senate bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the story says.