The Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association are gearing up to fight the Obama administration's latest gun control efforts that seek to tie gun ownership to social security.
If Obama's plan goes into effect, an estimated 4.2 million people on Social Security could be restricted from purchasing guns if they are having their affairs managed by a representative payee due to illness or old age. A similar policy already exists in the Veterans Administration and prohibits 177,000 people from buying guns. More than half of these are veterans over the age of 80 and suffering from dementia.
The Washington Free Beacon reported on Tuesday that the NRA has announced they will do everything within their power to make sure the plan never gets implemented.
"The Obama administration will stop at nothing to strip as many people as possible of their Second Amendment rights. The NRA will employ all means available to prevent the implementation of such a widespread injustice," said Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action in an interview with Cam and Company.
"We’ve called on the president to immediately suspend this activity,” he continued. “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.”
Because of their efforts to reach out to Congress, a letter was produced by the 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. This would be a dangerous overreach, and we urge you to abandon any such plan,” read the letter, signed by more than a dozen Republican committee members.
“The representative payee system is vital for beneficiaries who need assistance managing their own finances," the letter continued. "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.”
The Republicans stressed in the letter that the plan would be a violation of individuals constitutional rights and a "broad overreach of authority."
“We strongly urge you to halt any steps to provide information on Social Security beneficiaries or Supplemental Security Income recipients to the NICS,” the letter stated.
Republicans notified the Social Security Administration that it has until July 31 to respond to their concerns addressed in the letter.
The Second Amendment Foundation has also announced a plan to fight against Obama's initiative. They intend to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration if any attempts are made to implement the new gun control measure.
“If the Obama administration goes ahead with this plan we will take them to court. This proposed attack on the Second Amendment cannot be allowed to stand,” said Alan Gottlieb, the group’s founder.