The Obama administration is pressing for new regulations that would ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning firearms if they cannot manage their own affairs.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday millions people who have their affairs handled by others would be affected. This move is reportedly intended to bring the Social Security Administration (SSA) in line with laws about who is reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a database used to prevent firearms sales to felons and others who should not be carrying.
Those affected would be anyone collecting Social Security who cannot manage their affairs because of “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease,” according to the LA Times, which also notes 4.2 million adults receive monthly payments administered by “representative payees.” Nearly three million people are currently receiving disability payments from Social Security as a result of mental health issues. An additional 1.5 million have finances handled by others for different reasons.
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Still, some argue the proposed SSA regulations are illogical. “Someone can be incapable of managing their funds but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe,” Yale psychiatrist Dr. Marc Rosen told the the Times. “They are very different determinations.” Background checks have been in place since 1993 when the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was signed into law. It was named after former White House press secretary James Brady, who was shot in the head and left partially paralyzed in the 1981 assassination attempt on former President Ronald Reagan.
Chris Cox, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association (NRA), condemned the proposal. “Unfortunately, this fits a pattern of abuse within the Obama administration which is clearly hell-bent on destroying the Second Amendment in any way possible,” Cox said in a press release. The NRA was unaware of the administration’s proposal until informed by the LA Times.
The implications of this policy are too far reaching to fathom at present. Social Security is one of the more prolific and relied upon federal programs in American history. That Obama’s directive could so easily be implemented within the SSA suggests that bureaucrats could effectively cloak such a program in any agency within the growing leviathan that is the federal government.
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