July 22, 2015

Second Amendment group rips Obama's latest plan to limit gun rights

A pro-gun rights group is warning that the Obama administration's plan to restrict firearms to Social Security recipients who may be mentally impaired is just the latest plan from President Obama to infringe on people's Second Amendment rights before he leaves office.

The Los Angeles Times has reported that the administration is considering a move to block gun ownership rights from people if they are deemed to be incapable of handling their own financial affairs. Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), said that change could "disqualify millions of people from owning firearms and might prevent many others from seeking help."

"It's unconscionable that someone who might have problems balancing a checkbook or managing their finances would suddenly find himself or herself stripped of their right to keep and bear arms," Gottlieb said in a press release Monday. His group is "dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms," according to its website.

According to the LA Times report, the administration wants to take information from the Social Security Administration on who can no longer handle their financial matters, and report it to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is designed to prevent the sale of firearms to drug addicts, felons, illegal immigrants and others. Opponents of that move say the administration is making the mistake of saying that people in the former group are dangerous.

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