ATLANTA (AP) — A rule aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of some mentally disabled people is on its way to being scrapped under the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress.
Under the rule, the Social Security Administration must provide information to the gun-buying background check system on recipients with a mental disorder so severe they cannot work or handle their own benefit checks.READ MORE: Juneteenth Rises To Surface Of American History In Aftermath Of George Floyd's Murder
An estimated 75,000 beneficiaries are affected by the rule, which was put into place near the end of the Obama administration. Republican lawmakers and gun advocates criticize the regulation for reinforcing a negative stereotype that people with a mental disorder are dangerous.READ MORE: 'Bumpy Ride': Minnesota Legislature Continues Special Session Work, As Deadline Before Shutdown Looms
The House passed a measure rolling back the rule. The Senate has yet to act, but President Donald Trump has said he supports the measure.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Unemployment Rate Drops To 4% As Businesses Scramble To Hire
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