In his never ending push to disarm America, Barack Obama pushed measures to ban many Social Security recipients from owning firearms. The claim that if they need assistance on things like finances and taking care of themselves that they are not mentally competent to own and use a firearm was used to restrict many citizens of their 2nd Amendment rights. Congress may review that policy this next.
As part of an effort to roll back Obama-era regulations, Congress is expected to take up legislation as early as next week that would prevent the government from declaring some Social Security recipients unfit to own guns after they’ve been deemed mentally incapable of managing their financial affairs.
At the urging of the National Rifle Association, a rule requiring the Social Security Administration to send records of such individuals to the federal background check system for firearms is among a host of regulations the group says is being targeted by the Republican Congress for repeal under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to dismiss actions an outgoing administration initiated in the last six months.
The rule, issued in December in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, applies to recipients of disability insurance and supplemental security income who require a representative to manage their benefits because of a disabling mental disorder, ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia. The Obama administration estimated in January 2016 that about 75,000 people would have their records submitted for background checks each year under the rule, which applies to those between age 18 and full retirement age.