Rep. Sam Johnson (R., Texas) introduced a bill Wednesday designed to thwart Obama administration efforts to prevent millions of Social Security recipients from buying guns.
H.R. 3516, the Social Security Beneficiary Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, was submitted in response to a Los Angeles Times report that the Social Security Administration (SSA) planned to add recipients who had designated someone else to manage their finances to the National Instant Background Check System (NICS). That move would likely prohibit millions of Americans on Social Security from buying firearms.
Gun rights groups and Republican lawmakers have threatened legal and legislative action to stop Social Security from implementing the plan.
The introduction of the bill comes after members of the House’s Ways and Means Committee expressed their dissatisfaction with SSA’s response to a letter they had sent advising the agency to drop their plan. Though SSA assured the committee that it was not considering adding all recipients with representative payees to the background check system, it did admit it was planning to add some recipients.
Johnson, the chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, said the SSA plan was in response to President Obama’s failure to pass his gun control agenda through congress.
“It’s no secret President Obama isn’t a fan of our Second Amendment,” Johnson said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “Because he failed to push his gun control agenda through Congress, his administration is now seeking to deny millions of law-abiding Americans their right to bear arms by going through Social Security. Old age or a disability does not make someone a threat to society.”