A few weeks ago, a rule went into effect resulting from an executive order issued by President Obama that would have required the Social Security Administration to report anyone who received disability insurance or supplemental security and requires help from someone to manage their benefits and personal finances to be reported to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), prohibiting them from making firearm purchases.
The Republican-led House voted Thursday to repeal the regulation, that was instituted during the final days of the Obama administration, according to this story from cnn.com.
The rule drew criticism for casting a very wide net that would have affected an estimated 75,000 seniors, and for not allowing any due process, including an appeals process.
Opponents included not only the National Rifle Association, but also the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which said the broad range of reasons that could be used to designate someone for the SSA database include conditions that should not stop a gun purchase.
“The Social Security Administration not only overstepped its mission with this regulation, it discriminated against certain Americans with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits. The agency should be focused on serving all of its beneficiaries, not picking and choosing whose Second Amendment rights to deny,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) in the story, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee.
The NRA-ILA praised the rule change in a release.
“The Obama administration’s last minute, back-door gun grab would have stripped law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “Today’s vote was the first step in revoking this unconstitutional action.”
The release says: “Last year, The Social Security Administration finalized a proposed rule to ban certain recipients who use a representative payee from owning firearms. This ill-conceived action stripped some of the most vulnerable Americans of their right to keep and bear arms without due process.”
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is permitted to dispose of any actions an outgoing administration initiates in its final six months.
The rule change has to go before the Senate, and if approved, it will be passed on to President Trump to be signed.