YC| Great news from the Senate!
A group of people whose Second Amendment rights were impaired under Obama have just gotten help from the Senate.
From The Blaze:
The Senate voted this week to undo an Obama-era rule that conservatives have argued unduly limits the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
In December 2016, former President Barack Obama’s White House issued a rule requiring the Social Security Administration to report anyone needing third-party assistance to manage their Social Security benefits to be placed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which would bar them from purchasing a firearm.
The problem of course is the ambiguity of ‘third party assistance.’
While one might obviously want to prohibit potentially violent mentally ill person from possessing a weapon, there are all manner of conditions contained within the rule for which you would not want to impair someone’s right, particularly given someone who might be in even greater need of defense because of disability or disease
“This regulation unfairly stigmatizes people with disabilities,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said this week, according to the Washington Examiner. “If the regulation is not repealed, it will allow the agency to very unfairly deprive Social Security recipients of their Second Amendment rights.”
“This is essentially a national gun ban list,” he added.
Some Democrats also joined Republicans in passing the vote.
In 2015, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), who voted to overturn the Obama mandate, said in a statement that he was against an SSA rule on gun ownership because it “is a blatant infringement on the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans.” Three other Democratic senators — North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, Indiana’s Joe Donnelly and Montana’s Jon Tester — and Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, voted with the Republicans.
This is a great move by the Senate.
It’s definitely a challenge of construction to deal with the issue of mental illness.
But laws should not be so overboard as to encapsulate people who should not be included.
That’s the purpose of the legislative branch, to bat it around when making laws, their right to do for us.
That’s why Obama’s executive rules don’t pass the smell test.
Now it’s on to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign…