The controversial decision by the Obama administration to strip certain social security beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights is now being reviewed, and probably reversed, by Congress.
“Congress’s decision to review the Obama administration’s back-door gun grab is a significant step forward in protecting a fundamental constitutional right for law-abiding gun owners,” said Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist, in a press release.
“The NRA has been fighting this unconstitutional government overreach since it was first discussed and we look forward to swift congressional action,” he continued.
First proposed by the Obama administration in the summer of 2015, the rule sought to classify 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.
Now, 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 are going to hold a vote on this overly-broad gun grab. The vote by the GOP-controlled Congress could take place as early as next week.
“This is a new era for freedom-loving Americans and the NRA is excited to begin work with our pro-Second Amendment president and Congress to ensure that law-abiding Americans’ constitutional rights are respected,” concluded Cox.
This is just one of several anti-gun overtures Obama made while leaving office. Others include banning lead ammo on federal grounds, sending the signed U.N. Arms Trade Treaty to the Senate for approval, granting clemency for firearm-related offenders, cementing requirements for “smart guns.”
Between his support for renewing a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and his numerous executive actions, Obama clearly tried to make life miserable for gun owners. Thankfully, for the most part, he failed. And now it appears Congress is going to undo what little progress he did make during his anti-gun crusade.