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House votes to scrap Obama rule denying gun rights to some Social Security recipients

Like all federal anti-gun measures, this rule would have been broadly over-applied

(NationalSentinel) One of the measures former President Obama signed on his way out the door was a rule requiring the Social Security Administration to add the names of people in its files to the FBI’s list of people prohibited from buying guns in the national background check system.

The rule was ostensibly aimed at preventing anyone who was having their financial affairs managed by someone else from buying a firearm. Supporters said anyone who is not mentally fit enough to do their own finances should not be able to buy a gun.

But opponents understood that the rule was going to be misused in that many of those Social Security recipients who would have made the list were not mentally impaired to the point of incapacitation, and thus should not have been targeted.

As reported by the Washington Times:

The GOP-controlled House voted 235-180, breaking down almost entirely along party lines, to kill the new rule using the Congressional Review Act, which gives Capitol Hill a chance to swat down a lame-duck president’s last-minute regulations.

Gun-rights groups said the rule impinged on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, denying them the chance to buy a gun without good reason.

“This rule is a slap in the face of those in the disabled community because it paints all those who suffer from mental disorders with the same broad brush,” said Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

It’s not clear if the measure will pass in the GOP-controlled Senate, but if it does, President Donald Trump is likely to sign it. He regularly expressed his support for the Second Amendment on the campaign trail.

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