By Beth Baumann
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted to scrap a regulation put in place by the Obama administration requiring a background check for Social Security recipients mentally incapable of managing their own affairs.
Today, the Senate voted 57 to 43 to eliminate the regulation. Independent Sen. Angus King (ME) and Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly (IN), Joe Manchin (WV), Jon Tester (MT) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) voted with Republicans.
Before the Senate voted on the issue, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) took to the floor to explain his reason for wanting to throw out the regulation:
…The agency regulation is defective in many ways. Namely, the regulation does not require the agency to prove a person is dangerous or mentally ill. The regulation also provides NO formal hearing or due process before a person is reported to the gun ban list.
Supporters of the gun ban have said that repeal of this regulation will interfere with enforcement of gun prohibition laws—but that is hogwash. We should not let baseless scare tactics confuse this important issue.Important federal gun laws are still on the books even if the agency rule is repealed. We aren’t repealing any laws.