NRA: Congress to Review Social Security Gun Ban

   01.31.17

NRA: Congress to Review Social Security Gun Ban

On January 4th, 2016, the Obama administration posted a New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer. What was missing from the order was due process.

Due process is one of the corner stones of our legal rights and dates back to 1354 with the Magna Carta. The right was affirmed again by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution which states, “or be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

The Social Security administration saying who can and can not buy a firearm is a clear violation of our due process rights.

The NRA reports that congress has agreed to review the matter.

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today scored a victory when Congress agreed to review, and likely revoke, a final rule by the Obama administration that would blindly strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights. “Congress’s decision to review the Obama administration’s back-door gun grab is a significant step forward in protecting a fundamental constitutional right for law-abiding gun owners,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “The NRA has been fighting this unconstitutional government overreach since it was first discussed, and we look forward to swift congressional action.”

Last year, the Social Security Administration finalized a proposed rule to ban certain recipients who use a representative payee from owning firearms. This ill-conceived action affected the most vulnerable in America and stripped them of their right to keep and bear arms without due process.

The NRA immediately opposed the Obama administration’s efforts when the proposal was first announced in summer of 2015. The NRA has fought every step of the way to ensure that social security recipients are not stripped of their rights without due process of law.

Today, we learned that Congress will review the Obama administration’s unconstitutional ban under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). CRA allows Congress to dispose of any actions an outgoing administration initiates in its last six months. This final rule falls under that time frame, and the review process is expected to move forward in the House and receive a vote as early as next week.

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