Alexander Votes to Protect Due Process Rights of People with Disabilities

Posted on February 15, 2017

Says Obama Administration rule could have allowed the Social Security Administration to infringe on 2nd Amendment Rights of people with disabilities

WASHINGTON, February 15 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted to repeal a Social Security Administration rule, finalized last December by the Obama Administration, that would have denied the Second Amendment rights of many beneficiaries.  The rule allowed the Social Security Administration to report certain beneficiaries to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which would prevent them from legally purchasing a firearm.

“I voted to roll back this Obama rule today because it was too broad and could have prevented individuals with issues like eating disorders from being able to purchase a gun,” said Senator Alexander. “Additionally, this regulation could have deterred some people from applying for Social Security benefits out of fear of being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System database.”

Today’s resolution to repeal the Social Security Administration’s rule was supported by the National Rifle Association, the ACLU, the National Council on Disability, and the National Disability Rights Network.

Repeal of the Social Security Administration’s rule does not change existing law, which makes it illegal for anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” from purchasing a firearm.

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