The Republican-led Senate has voted to revoke an Obama-era regulation that nullifies the “Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007″.

According to Click On Detroit,The Obama administration measure required the Social Security Administration to include the names of beneficiaries with mental health issues who also have a third party to manage their benefits.

Critics called the rule “too broad” and claim it “unfairly stigmatized the disabled.” The vote scored 57 to 43 in favor of revoking the regulation, which is now on its way to President Trump’s desk, who is expected to sign it.

Summary: H.J.Res.40 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)

You can view the resolution right here.

Passed House without amendment (02/02/2017)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

This joint resolution nullifies the “Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 rule finalized by the Social Security Administration on December 19, 2016. The rule implements a plan to provide to the National Instant Criminal History Background Check System the name of an individual who meets certain criteria, including that benefit payments are made through a representative payee because the individual is determined to be mentally incapable of managing them. (Current law prohibits firearm sale or transfer to and purchase or possession by a person who has been adjudicated as a mental defective.)

 

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5 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: Senate Votes to Ax Obama-Era Gun Rule

  1. Hmmnm. In 2007, when this Act was passed it was President Bush, not Obama, who was in office. It looks to me like the Obama administration only attempted to implement it by permitting social security admin records to be accessed in order to fulfill the intent of the law. If Congress thinks that those who are so mentally impaired as to be able to qualify (a nearly impossible task) for disability under social security should be persons permitted to posses firearms then Congress is crazy.

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