ABOUT TIME

Social Security Administration removes gun ban from federal code:

On May 18 the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it officially removed the Social Security gun ban from the federal code.

The Social Security gun ban allowed the SSA to strip certain recipients of their Second Amendment rights without due process. It did this by allowing the SSA to investigate beneficiaries who required help managing finances and were subject to a broad mental health moniker. The moniker covered everything from treatable, sometimes temporary issues like anxiety and depression to major issues like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

In light of the breadth of the mental health moniker, Duke University psychiatry and behavioral science professor Jeffrey Swanson observed that Barack Obama’s Social Security gun ban targeted the “vulnerable” rather than the dangerous. The Washington Post quoted Swanson’s explanation that the ban “[takes] away the gun rights of a large category of individuals without any evidence that they pose a risk of harm to self or others.”

So, a group that was vulnerable rather than dangerous was the target of the gun ban, and those whom the SSA singled out were liable to lose their Second Amendment rights without due process. This would occur when the SSA turned gave names of Social Security beneficiaries to the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS), thus barring those beneficiaries from buying guns.

On February 2 the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted to repeal the ban. On February 15 the GOP-controlled Senate voted to repeal the ban. And on February 28 President Trump signed the repeal.

On May 18 the SSA’s announced:

We are removing from the Code of Federal Regulations the final rules, Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA), published on December 19, 2016. We are doing so because Congress passed, and the President signed, a joint resolution of disapproval of the final rules under the Congressional Review Act.

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2 Responses to ABOUT TIME

  1. Leonard Jones says:

    Obonzo left a legacy that could have been written in the Soviet Union or
    Nazi Germany. They both made extensive use of “Mental health laws”
    to punish dissidents and political enemies. This Oblowme policy would
    be on the books in perpetuity if the communist lesbian in the Mao Jacket
    had won and got to make a single supreme court appointment.

    Some people are disappointed by the pace of Trump’s reforms, but he is
    systematically chipping away at the unelected bureaucrats who are imposing
    unconstitutional regulations and most importantly, the corrupt and incestuous
    Democrat funding machine by killing funding for Planned Genocide and other
    NGO’s, public sector unions, etc.

    Trump is using the left’s own tactics against them. By using Fabian tactics, he
    is inflicting the death of a thousand cuts, just like Fabius Maximus.

  2. 57790 says:

    Why did it take from Feb 28 to May 18th to implement the repeal ?

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