A Texas Congressman wants to make sure no one in the Obama administration takes away grandpa’s and grandma’s right to bear arms.
Republican Rep. Sam Johnson, the chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, introduced a bill Wednesday to prevent the Social Security Administration, or SSA, from adding millions of Americans to the National Instant Background Check System, or NICS.
“It’s no secret President Obama isn’t a fan of our Second Amendment,” Johnson told the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday. “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.”
Johnson introduced H.R. 3516, the Social Security Beneficiary Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, to prevent SSA from reporting recipients to NICS if a family member manages their financial affairs. SSA has informed the House Ways and Means Committee it plans to add an unspecified number of payees to NICS.
“The move [by SSA] is part of a concerted effort by the Obama administration after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., to strengthen gun control, including by plugging holes in the background check system,” the Los Angeles Times reported July 18.
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The newspaper said SSA’s plan, if implemented, would effect a “potentially large group within Social Security.”
“This bill puts a stop to yet another overreach by the Obama administration,” Johnson told the Washington Free Beacon. “I am committed to ensuring the rights of all Americans are protected.”