Having failed to get gun control passed through a Democrat-controlled Senate in 2013, the Obama administration is now preying on the elderly to give up their guns by tying firearm ownership to social security.
Those who are unable to manage their affairs, including their pension or disability payment due to illness and old age, could soon be subject to new scrutiny, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Under a proposed executive order, the Social Security Administration would report to the National Instant Crime Background Check System, which prevents gun sales to felons, drug addicts, and illegal immigrants. If SSA uses the same standards as the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 4.2 million adults who receive monthly benefits that are managed by "representative payees" will be banned from owning a firearm.
The ban would include people who could potential be a danger to themselves and others, but it would also include people with a bad memory and trouble managing their check books, critics argued.
"Someone can be incapable of managing their funds, but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe. They are very different determinations," Dr. Marc Rosen, a Yale psychiatrist who has studied the connection between veterans with mental health problems and how they manage their money, told the L.A. Times.
Currently, 177,000 veterans are in the system and banned from purchasing guns, more than half of which are 80 or older and suffering from dementia.
Rosen criticized such a measure stating that some veterans do not seek mental health treatment because they're afraid their guns will be confiscated.
The SSA, like the VA, would have to report names under the same "mental defective" category. Roughly 2.7 million people who are receiving disability checks for mental health issues are the prime targets of the gun ban.
Gun rights groups, Republicans, and advocates for the disabled blasted the proposed policy.
Ari Ne'eman of the National Council on Disability stated that the independent federal agency would oppose the policy.
"The rep payee is an extraordinarily broad brush," Ne'eman said, of the policy's basis for taking away a fundamental right from people with disabilities.
The National Rifle Association also issued a statement about the possible executive action.
"If the Obama administration attempts to deny millions of law-abiding citizens their constitutional rights by executive fiat, the NRA stands ready to pursue all available avenues to stop them in their tracks," said Chris Cox, chief lobbyist for the NRA.