GOP-Controlled House Overturns Obama’s Gun Rule Preventing Sales To Mentally Ill

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Oct. 17 2017, Updated 4:20 a.m. ET

Less than one week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring refugees, visa holders, and US immigrants with green cards from seven countries from re-entering the United States under the guise of national safety and security, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed legislation repealing former President Barack Obama’s gun rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental illness severe enough to warrant disability.

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Repeal Of Obama’s Gun Rule Keeping Guns From The Mentally Ill Passes House

According to The Hill, the House voted 235-182 for the repeal of Obama’s gun rule requiring the Social Security Administration to report mental disability benefits to the FBI database for gun purchase background checks. The repeal has been supported by the National Rifle Association and their top lobbyist, Chris Cox, hailed the vote on Thursday.

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“The Obama administration’s last-minute, backdoor gun grab would have stripped law-abiding citizen Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process.”

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Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) told The Washington Post that the vote was a victory for Second Amendment rights regarding gun ownership and claiming that “there is no evidence suggesting that those receiving disability benefits from this Social Security Administration are a threat to public safety.”

Gun Ban To Mentally Ill Inspired By Sandy Hook Tragedy

Former President Barack Obama put the rule in place after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. Twenty children and six staff members were killed when a gunman with a history of mental health issues killed his mother and used a gun and ammunition his mother kept in the home to open fire at the school.

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