The controversial rule instituted by the Obama administration to strip certain social security beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights has now been killed by both the House and the Senate.
Last week, the House voted 235-180 to nix the regulation, and this week it was the Senate’s turn, which followed suit and voted 57-43 to nix the regulation.
“The reality is that, like us, they believe the regulation is simply bad policy, places an unfair stigma on those with disabilities and violates their constitutional rights which is why a wide array of groups oppose it,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) while on the floor of the Senate.
McConnell added that as many as 20 disability groups opposed it.
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.
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.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) chided his colleagues in the Senate who voted to kill the Obama rule.
“The [Congressional Review Act] we have before us today will make it harder for the federal government to do what we have told them to do for decades, which is to put dangerous people and people who are seriously mentally ill on the list of people who are prohibited from buying a gun,” said Murphy.
“We know that people with serious mental illness in this country can go buy a very powerful weapon and do great damage with it,” he added.
The nation’s gun lobby applauded both the House and Senate for taking swift action to repeal the regulation.
“Today’s Senate vote was the next step in rolling back some of the egregious government overreach that characterized the Obama era,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “Congress is reversing a last-minute, back-door gun grab that stripped law-abiding Americans of their rights without due process.”
“We look forward to President Trump signing this important legislation into law,” concluded Cox.