House Republicans consider little-used act to repeal gun rules for Social Security recipients

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January 31, 2017

House Republicans will move this week to wipe out a series of rules finalized in the closing days of the Obama administration, including one that could prevent certain Social Security recipients from purchasing guns.

Under the rule — part of President Obama’s gun control push — Social Security was to scour its lists for people receiving certain disability payments who were deemed mentally impaired, then flag their names in the national gun-purchasing background-check system.

The Obama administration billed it as a way to provide more complete information about people who shouldn’t have access to firearms, but gun rights advocates saw it as an infringement on the Second Amendment.

“This rule is a clear violation of disabled Americans’ due process rights, and passing this resolution would send a strong message that Congress and President Trump still believe our Constitution is worth defending,” said Rep. Ralph Lee Abraham, Louisiana Republican, who has sponsored legislation to repeal the rule.

Social Security finalized the rule last month, which means Congress can quickly repeal it under provisions of the Congressional Review Act.

  • Roy Fredrichsen

    The O’Bama Executive order depriving S.S recipients of the protection of a personal gun was unconstitutional to begin with and was a NAKED GOVERNMENT POWER grab to deprive people of the right of self-defense unless he was going to provide them of 24 hour protection like he had.

  • Rodney Steward

    Glad to see this take place, these anti gun people don’t want anyone that knows how to use a gun have one, and is why they are having the V.A. to diagnosis something wrong with our men coming home from the war! Sure some may have a problem, but not near as many as they are killing with medication!

    • Retired

      Or with lack of treatment and medication due to military funding cuts under every Democrat leadership.

  • Jean Langford M.

    OH YEAH…I KNEW THOSE TRAITORS RULES AND GUN GRABBING AGENDA WOULD NOT STAND UNDER TRUMP…PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EVERYTHING HE SAID HE’D DO…..AND SO MUCH MORE….!!!! WAY TO GO HOUSE AND SENATE !!!!

  • justinwachin

    Mentally disabled people probably shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun. Every time someone uses a gun in a crime we hear about their mental problems in an effort to get them off the hook. I always wonder why someone with impaired judgment was allowed to have a gun in the first place.

    My problem with this type of regulation is that it can go beyond keeping guns out of the hands of people who can’t responsibly handle a gun. In time this law can expand to include people of a particular political persuasion or it can be used to slowly deny gun sales to everyone.

  • James Maxwell

    Failure to act immediately is not an option, there are many people on both
    sides of the aisle who would be effected and it could be the deciding factor
    in the next election cycle as to who stays and who goes. Personally I know
    that if I want a weapon I can purchase one from numerous sources that the
    government will never know about it. Thousands of Vets like myself who
    go to the VA have wondered if we were flagged due to some stupid regulation
    that we never hear of or some asshole dreamed up to deny us our rights
    as Americans.

    • Roy Fredrichsen

      Don’t forget ISIS is trying to infiltrate the U.S. and without a gun we would be totally defenseless against their murderous ways.

  • Jim

    I was worried about that when I lost my wife and sought out a doctor to help me deal with my loss after a 36 year marriage. It was the VA psychiatrist and don’t think that I have not been on pins and needles for 2 years

    • Retired

      That was Obamas and Democrats intention to take away your gun rights.

      • Jim

        That is why I was worried

        • Retired

          You had a lot of company on that nation wide.

          • Jim

            No bout adoubt it lol

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  • billie

    Now lets look at the thousands of veterans who have had their rights taken away by no fault of their own.

    • Harry J Schaubel

      Yes. According to some people, anyone who has defended our nation from enemies is suspect and shouldn’t be allowed near a firearm.
      I think the reasoning behind that is those people (the vets) are trained in the usage of firearms and more readily able to defend themselves and their neighbors than a Snowflake who spends too much time in Safe Spaces.

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