Republicans send letter urging Social Security to abandon plan
The National Rifle Association, the country’s largest gun rights organization, said that it plans to do everything within its power to ensure that the plan is never implemented. “The Obama administration will stop at nothing to strip as many people as possible of their Second Amendment rights,” said Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA will employ all means available to prevent the implementation of such a widespread injustice.”
Cox said that the NRA had called on President Obama to abandon the policy and is working with Congress to force him to drop the plan. “We’ve called on the president to immediately suspend this activity,” Cox told Cam and Company. “We’re going to work with Congress so that if he doesn’t do it voluntarily, which we obviously don’t expect him to, we’re going to make him do it involuntarily.”
The Second Amendment Foundation, the gun rights group behind a number of landmark court decisions, said that it plans to file suit against the Obama administration if attempts are made to implement the plan. “If the Obama Administration does ahead with this plan we will take them to court,” said Alan Gottlieb, the group’s founder. “This proposed attack on the Second Amendment cannot be allowed to stand.”
Meanwhile, the NRA’s efforts have already produced a letter from Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee to the acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration.
“It has come to our attention that the Social Security Administration is considering a policy to provide the names of Social Security beneficiaries who have a ‘representative payee’ to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in an effort to limit 2nd Amendment rights,” said the letter signed by 18 Republican members of the committee. “This would be a dangerous overreach, and we urge you to abandon any such plan.”
“The representative payee system is vital for beneficiaries who need assistance managing their own finances. Millions of responsible seniors and people with disabilities rely on a representative payee. Simply using this system does not mean beneficiaries are a risk to themselves or others.”