Last week the Obama administration signed off on a “Social Security” gun ban that may stop thousands of law-abiding elderly citizens from purchasing guns for self-defense.
The Obama administration created a gun purchase ban tied to Social Security recipients who needed help managing their finances. The ban would affect those social security recipients who are deemed unable to manage their own affairs for several reasons, including, “subnormal intelligence, mental illness, or just incompetency.”
Breitbart reported that, back in January, Obama incorporated the gun ban tied to social security into his executive gun controls:
“Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if, because of a mental health issue, they are either a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their own affairs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has indicated that it will begin the rule making process to ensure that appropriate information in its records is reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The reporting that SSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice, is expected to require will cover appropriate records of the approximately 75,000 people each year who have a documented mental health issue, receive disability benefits, and are unable to manage those benefits because of their mental impairment, or who have been found by a state or federal court to be legally incompetent. The rule making will also provide a mechanism for people to seek relief from the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm for reasons related to mental health”.
In early May 2016 the SSA released even more information concerning this ban:
“Under our representative payee policy, unless direct payment is prohibited, we presume that an adult beneficiary is capable of managing or directing the management of benefits. However, if we have information that the beneficiary has a mental or physical impairment that prevents him or her from managing or directing the management of benefits, we will develop the issue of capability. If a beneficiary has a mental impairment, we will develop the capability issue if there is an indication that the beneficiary may lack the ability to reason properly, is disoriented, has seriously impaired judgment, or is unable to communicate with others.”
So in essence, once a beneficiary has the SSA’s attention by having someone help with finances, the process of determining mental health status begins. If they rule the person has a mental illness sufficient to meet the “reporting threshold,” the beneficiary will be reported to NICS and prohibited from purchasing firearms.
The National Rifle Association/ Institute for Legislative Action said this rule is now finalized and reported:
“Barack Obama’s Social Security Administration (SSA) issued the final version of a rule that will doom tens of thousands of law-abiding (and vulnerable) disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients to a loss of Second Amendment rights under the guise of re-characterizing them as “mental defectives.” The SSA, for the first time in its history, will be co-opted into the federal government’s gun control apparatus, effectively requiring Social Security applicants to weigh their need for benefits against their fundamental rights when applying for assistance based on mental health problems.