The NRA has spoken out against a new rule proposed by the Social Security Administration in accordance with President Obama’s executive orders to further tighten access to firearms for law-abiding Americans.
The plan would lump certain disability recipients in with criminals and those deemed mentally defective. They would then be added to the list provided to the National Instance Criminal Background Check System (NICS) according to this story, resulting in those individuals not being able to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.
“The Social Security Administration’s proposal doesn’t require an individual to be adjudicated mentally defective or to pose a risk to himself or others,” said Lars Dalesiede, a NRA spokesperson. “Instead they are set to strip away your constitutional rights just because you meet a set of criteria established by a group of faceless bureaucrats you’ll never meet. That puts thousands of Americans in the terrible position of choosing whether to pay their bills or give up their constitutional rights.”
The NRA also called the proposed rule, which must go through a 60-day public comment period before it’s adopted, both “embarrassing and shameful,” in the BizPacReview.com story.
The proposed rule is not what many expected earlier this year when Obama announces his executive orders, which would have been more similar to an existing policy at the Veterans Administration.
“Though Social Security’s rule limits the scope of those banned from owning firearms compared to the VA it would still potentially target a larger group of people. Tens or hundreds of thousands of Americans could be affected.”
“The Social Security administration lays out five specific criteria for recipients they plan to add to NICS. Those the agency plans to target must have filed a disability claim, been determined to be disabled because of a mental impairment, been officially diagnosed as mentally impaired, between the ages of 18 and 65, and have been assigned a representative payee because they were found by Social Security to be incapable of managing their benefit payments.”
Last month, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) introduced legislation to block the action called the Gun Rights and Due Process Act, specifically designed to “prevent the Social Security Administration from reporting individuals to NICS unless (that) individual has been adjudicated as mentally incompetent.