Congress to review a final rule issued by President Obama in December that removed the Second Amendment rights of Social Security recipients.
According to the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Obama’s Social Security rule qualifies SSI and disability insurance recipients as “mental defectives,” and therefore incapable of legally owning firearms.
The new rule will allow those affected to file a petition for “restoration” of their Second Amendment rights, yet tens of thousands of legal gun owners must now prove “their possession of firearms would not harm public safety or the public interest, even though the government never established, or tried to establish, the contrary,” NRA-ILA added.
NRA-IRA executive director Chris Cox praised Congress’ decision in a Wednesday statement.
“Congress’s decision to review the Obama administration’s back-door gun grab is a significant step forward in restoring the fundamental constitutional rights of many law-abiding gun owners,” he wrote. “The NRA has been fighting this unconstitutional government overreach since it was first discussed and we look forward to swift congressional action to overturn it.”
“We are pleased that Congress is moving swiftly to ensure that law-abiding Americans’ constitutional rights are respected,” he continued. “We would like to thank Reps. Sam Johnson and Ralph Abraham for leading this effort in the House, as well as with Speaker Paul Ryan for his leadership on this issue.”