This week, President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 40, a measure to repeal Obama’s Social Security Gun Grab.
Cue the whining and bitching from the anti-gunners.
“Republicans always say we don’t need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the laws already on the books,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).
“But the bill signed into law today undermines enforcement of existing laws that Congress passed to make sure the background check system had complete information,” Murphy continued.
John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Guns Safety, said, “This law, which weakens the background check system, is just the first item on the gun lobby’s wish list. NRA headquarters is pushing more guns, for more people, in more places – gutting public safety laws and putting American lives at risk.”
“President Trump’s signature on his first piece of gun legislation was bought and paid for by the extreme leadership of the NRA, which spent $30 million on the presidential race to get their seat at the table,” added Shannon Watts, then founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which is part of Everytown for Gun Safety.
First proposed by the Obama administration in the summer of 2015, the rule sought to classify Social Security beneficiaries who use representative payees to manage their accounts as mentally incompetent, thus making it illegal for them to possess, own, buy or sell firearms under federal law.
Yet, just because one does not manage one’s finances does not mean that one is unfit to own a firearm, which is what the Obama administration was assuming with this sweeping executive action that officially took effect on Jan. 18, 2017. Estimates suggested that as many as 75,000 recipients would be affected by the rule.
Under the Congressional Review Act, which allows the House and the Senate to review any of the rules instituted by a lame duck president in his last six months of office, lawmakers were able to vote on resolutions to repeal this gun grab.
Earlier this month, the House voted 235-180 to nix the regulation, and the Senate followed suit with a 57-43 vote in favor of killing the rule.