The Senate appears to be moving ahead with its legislative agenda despite opposition from Democrats.
This week they voted to give back gun rights to one of society’s most vulnerable groups of people after Barack Obama issued a rule stripping them of their fundamental right to self-defense. With bipartisan support, the Senate overturned the executive order that stripped gun rights from Social Security recipients requiring third-party assistance by placing them in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Of course, there wasn’t much clarification of “third-party assistance,” which was likely by design as Obama made it clear he wasn’t a fan of the Second Amendment, so the rule pretty much amounted to a blanket ban on the disabled owning firearms – the very disabled who would rely on a firearm for protection if they found themselves in danger.
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“This regulation unfairly stigmatizes people with disabilities,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said this week, according to the Washington Examiner. “If the regulation is not repealed, it will allow the agency to very unfairly deprive Social Security recipients of their Second Amendment rights.”
“This is essentially a national gun ban list,” he added.
In 2015, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), who voted to overturn the Obama mandate, said in a statement that he was against an SSA rule on gun ownership because it “is a blatant infringement on the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans.” Three other Democratic senators — North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, Indiana’s Joe Donnelly and Montana’s Jon Tester — and Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, voted with the Republicans.