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: