Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed a Congressional Review Act resolution striking down an ill-conceived gun-control rule issued during the Obama Administration. The rule goes far beyond any arguably reasonable regulations on gun ownership, bypassing the judicial process when reporting individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Instead, certain disabled persons are automatically reported to NICS simply because they rely on a “representative payee” to manage their Social Security disability benefits. Individuals reported to NICS then have to prove they are not “dangerous” before having their Second Amendment rights restored. In effect, the rule allows a federal agency to deny an individual’s right to due process and potentially his or her Second Amendment rights.
This resolution will soon go to the Senate for consideration in the near future.
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