The House voted 235-180 on Thursday to scrap a measure submitted by Obama’s administration to prohibit some Social Security recipients from owning firearms. The measure required the Social Security Administration to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI’s background check system which is used to determine eligibility for purchasing a firearm.
According to The Hill:
The administration conceived the rule in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, proposed it in 2015 and finalized after a public commenting period in the former president’s last days. If passed, the measure would have banned Social Security recipients who lacked the mental capacity to manage their own finances from owning firearms. Their names would also have been added to a list of prohibited buyers in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Rep. Sam Johnson, a Republican from Texas, proposed Resolution 71 to reverse the ruling last month and it quickly garnered 120 co-sponsors, including 119 Republicans and one Democrat. Johnson went on to say:
“Just because someone has a disability does not mean they’re a threat to society,”
Majority leader Kevin McCarthy’s office said the ruling would have added increased scrutiny to 4.2 million Americans, but the Obama’s administration estimates put the number of those affected at 75,000.
“We can’t accept any rule that discriminates against people with disabilities,” the California representative’s office said on Wednesday. The resolution was filed along with a number of other measures to roll back legislative efforts led by Obama. It now advances to the Republican-controlled Senate.
sources: The Hill, Truthexaminer, Youtube, Foxnews. Guns.com