SSA Gun Rule Withdrawn

Dwight Nadig

The Social Security Administration has withdrawn a rule and will end the practice of barring certain recipients of Social Security benefits from being able to purchase and own firearms. The move was in compliance with a Joint Resolution of Congress signed into law by President Trump under the Congressional Review Act that nullified the measure.

The Social Security gun ban would have affected up to 4.2 million people, denying their rights by administrative process simply for having someone assist in managing their affairs, known as “representative payees.” Names of those beneficiaries were to be reported to the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System to be included with other prohibited categories, including felons and drug addicts.