They are Listening to You on Capitol Hill
Obama’s Social Security Gun Ban is on the Verge of Repeal
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Repeal Bill Passes House, Is Expected to Pass Senate Next Week
I want to thank you for your activism earlier this week.
After I asked you to contact your Representative in opposition to Obama’s Social Security Gun Ban, the House took action this week.
And the results were fantastic!
I must say that having lived in the DC area for the past several decades — and having endured Obama’s oppressive regime for the last eight years — the past month has been a breath of fresh air.
Donald Trump and the Republican Congress are moving swiftly to reverse Barack Obama’s vile anti-gun legacy of executive actions.
Trump is apparently spreading out his executive orders over a longer period of time so that each executive order can be featured in a separate news cycle.
But one thing which is already happening is Congress’ effort to repeal Obama’s Social Security Gun Ban.
Because that action was promulgated as a formal rule, it can be most easily repealed by a congressional resolution — passed under the Congressional Review Act.
This act allows the Senate to repeal the rule by a simple majority vote, without the possibility of a filibuster.
Social Security Gun Ban is Built on the Stinking Carcass of Gun Control
You might remember that the Social Security Gun Ban was finalized in December.
It was issued in a purported effort to implement the NICS Amendments Improvement Act of 2007 — legislation also known as the Veterans Disarmament Act, which was vigorously opposed by Gun Owners of America.
Under the Veterans Disarmament Act, over 257,000 law-abiding veterans have lost their Second Amendment rights, merely because they sought counseling from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The new Social Security Gun Ban would extend the precedent to disabled persons receiving social security benefits under Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
This means, for instance, that the names of those who receive their social security checks through a guardian can now be sent to the NICS gun ban list.
In some states, SWAT teams would be sent to their homes to forcibly seize the guns they have.
The good news is that the House yesterday passed H.J.Res. 40, to overturn the Social Security Gun Ban.
The vote in the Senate, expected next week, would send the resolution to President Trump’s desk for signature.
The vote in the House was 235-to-180, with only two Republicans voting anti-gun and only 6 Democrats voting pro-gun. (“Aye” was the pro-gun vote and can be viewed here.)
The vote reinforces recent trends in which the Republican Party has increasingly become the “pro-gun” party in America, and the Democrats, increasingly the “anti-gun” party.
We’re optimistic that the Senate will approve the House-passed measure by a largely party-line vote. (S.J.Res. 14 is an identical version introduced by Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.)
Under the special Congressional Review Act procedures, this majority vote will be enough to send the measure to President Trump’s desk.
Executive Director Emeritus
P.S. The House has acted. The first step towards repealing Obama’s Social Security Gun Ban has cleared the House. So please contact your Senators and ask them to vote for H.J.Res. 40/S.J.Res. 14, legislation to overturn the Social Security Gun Ban.