Published February 3, 2017
WASHINGTON — Individuals who qualify for Social Security disability benefits due mental illness are one step closer to obtaining a gun after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday, February 2, 2017, to do away with criminal background checks for them if they want to purchase guns.
The Republican-led body voted by a 235-180 vote to do away with an Obama administration regulation that extended background checks for disabled Social Security recipients mentally incapable of managing their personal affairs.
“The Social Security Administration not only overstepped its mission with this regulation, it discriminated against certain Americans with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits. The agency should be focused on serving all of its beneficiaries, not picking and choosing whose Second Amendment rights to deny,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.
The measure will now go to the U.S. Senate that is backed by the National Rifle Association. President Trump is expected to sign it if it reaches his desk.