Trump Signs Bill Protecting Due Process Rights of SSA Recipients
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Fairfax, Va.-- The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded President Donald Trump today for signing H.J. Res. 40, revoking a last-minute gun grab issued at the end of the Obama administration.
"Today marks a new era for law-abiding gun owners, as we now have a president who respects and supports our right to keep and bear arms," said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. "Our thanks go to President Trump and the congressman and senators who led the fight for this important legislation."
H.J. Res. 40 passed both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support. The bill revokes an Obama-era rule that would have stripped Second Amendment rights from tens of thousands of people each year without due process.
Details of the action:
* Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is allowed to review, and revoke, any action an outgoing administration made in its final 60 legislative days. This rule falls under that time frame.
* The rule, finalized in December, would have resulted in 75,000 social security recipients who use a representative payee losing their Second Amendment rights without due process.
* The now-revoked rule would have affected those on disability for conditions that include eating disorders and anxiety.
The move to revoke the rule was supported by the NRA, the ACLU, and more than a dozen mental health advocacy organizations.
"We are pleased that this example of government overreach will no longer be pursued," concluded Cox.