Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Tex) filed a Bill Wednesday, September 16, entitled the “Social Security Beneficiary Second Amendment Rights Protection Act” in response to the Obama administration’s move to have the Social Security Administration report recipients who have designated someone else to manage their finances to the National Instant Background Checks System (NICS).
Such a move by the SSA would likely bar millions of persons on Social Security from buying firearms. The basis is that it is assumed such a designation is because the recipient suffers from a mental defect and therefore is prohibited from purchasing firearms.
Rep. Johnson claims this move by the SSA is in response to the Obama administration’s failure to enact stricter gun control laws. “It’s no secret President Obama isn’t a fan of our Second Amendment,” Johnson said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “Because he failed to push his gun control agenda through Congress, his administration is now seeking to deny millions of law-abiding Americans their right to bear arms by going through Social Security. Old age or a disability does not make someone a threat to society.”
Rep. Johnson, chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he introduced the bill that would prohibit the use of determinations made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) from being used as an adjudication of mental defect.
Our senior citizens deserve the same right of self-defense and should not have their 2nd Amendment rights limited simply because they choose to have someone else manage their money.
For the full context of the bill, click here.