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Monday, February 20, 2017

Senate Blocks Obama Rule Denying Gun Rights to 'Mental Defective' Social Security Recipients

One of the last-minute regulations from the Obama administration sought to deny Americans receiving Supplemental Security Income or disability insurance their Second Amendment rights. The last administration decided that these folks, who have help managing their income with a designated payee, would automatically be determined to be "mental defectives" and put in the NICS database, thus prohibiting them from purchasing a firearm.

The Senate passed HJ Resolution 40, which reversed a last-minuteregulation established by the Social Security Administration in December 2016 that allowed the agency to give information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) on recipients of disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if the government concluded they were mentally unstable.



Anonymous said...

A declaration of "mentally unstable" could be handed out to almost anyone with a wide enough definition with the bar set low. This was a poorly drafted piece of legislation that, on its face, purports to protect citizens, but opens the door to relieving nearly anyone of his or her 2nd Amendment rights.

Anonymous said...

That would stop a bunch of worthless shufflers with a "cane" for looks from legally having a gun to rob stores.