Senate Passes Bill to Allow Severely Mentally Impaired People to Buy Guns

Senate Passes Bill to Allow Severely Mentally Impaired People to Buy Guns

Senate Passes Bill to Allow Severely Mentally Impaired People to Buy Guns

The Obama-era rule required the Social Security Administration to send records of some beneficiaries to The National Instant Criminal Background Check System after they've been deemed incapable of managing their financial affairs because of a disabling mental disorder, ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia.

Yet GOP lawmakers have argued that the regulation was needlessly heavy-handed, painting people with mental illnesses with too broad a brush and infringing on their constitutional rights.

"The government is essentially saying that a person with a disability such as an eating disorder is more likely to be violent and should no longer be allowed to own a gun".

The rule, meant to strengthen gun background check laws, was created in the final months of President Barack Obama's administration.

The repeal passed with 57 votes in favour and 43 against in the Senate, the Associated Press reported.

The law stopped people who receive disability benefits from buying guns, affecting an estimated 75,000 people.

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"You can take a look at what the Constitution says, which is what I do".

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a rollback of a rule preventing some receivers of Social Security disability benefits from purchasing guns. "Mental health and, colleagues, we're talking about background checks".

The move is the new Congress' first effort to roll back gun regulations.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he didn't know how he could explain to his constituents that Congress was making it easier rather than harder for people with serious mental illness to have a gun.

This joint resolution nullifies the "Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007" rule finalized by the Social Security Administration on December 19, 2016. "We are delighted that the Senate voted to rescind this regulation, and we encourage gun owners to politely contact the White House and ask President Trump to sign it".

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