When Barack Obama could not get his anti-Second Amendment agenda passed through Congress, he turned to a regulation which drastically restricted gun ownership to many recipients of Social Security disability. the House has voted to undo that restriction, freeing up gun ownership to those denied by Obama.
The Republican-led House voted Thursday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that required the Social Security Administration to disclose to the national gun background check system information about people with mental illness.
The regulation instituted in the final days of the Obama administration required the SSA to share information about those who are considered incapable of managing their own disability benefits due mental illness.
The rule sought to limit the ability of those with mental illness to purchase guns but drew criticism for casting too wide a net and not providing the opportunity for due process. Opponents of the rule, including the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union, also said the broad range of reasons that could be used to designate someone for the SSA database include conditions that should not stop a gun purchase.
The vote was 235-180.