On Thursday, House Republicans voted to repeal an initiative created by former President Barack Obama that was designed to keep mentally ill people from buying guns. The Obama administration began working on it after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
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As reported by CNN, the regulation was finalized last year and required the Social Security Administration to share information about those considered incapable of managing their own disability benefits due to mental illness.
Republican Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas, who recently announced his retirement last week, introduced the legislation last year to block the regulation created by Obama. If passed by the Senate, it would then be moved to the newly sworn-in president: Donald Trump.
On Johnson’s website, he argues that the bill was introduced “to stop any decisions made by Obama’s Social Security Administration from being used to take away a person’s 2nd Amendment rights. We need to protect rights of all Americans, including individuals with disabilities.”
Dan Gross, from The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, criticized the GOP’s move in a statement: “Repealing this rule weakens and undermines the Brady background check system that has blocked more than three million gun sales to dangerous people since 1994.”