Trump has now signed a bill that gets rid of a gun control regulation that Obama implemented after the Newtown shooting in 2012:
NBC NEWS – President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.
The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.
Had the rule fully taken effect, the Obama administration predicted it would have added about 75,000 names to that database.
President Barack Obama recommended the now-nullified regulation in a 2013 memo following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six others dead. The measure sought to block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns.
The original rule was hotly contested by gun rights advocates who said it infringed on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Gun control advocates, however, praised the rule for curbing the availability of firearms to those who may not use them with the right intentions.
Both the House and Senate last week passed the new bill, H.J. Res 40, revoking the Obama-era regulation.
Trump signed the bill into law without a photo op or fanfare. The president welcomed cameras into the oval office Tuesday for the signing of other executive orders and bills. News that the president signed the bill was tucked at the bottom of a White House email alerting press to other legislation signed by the president.
The National Rifle Association “applauded” Trump’s action. Chris Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, said the move “marks a new era for law-abiding gun owners, as we now have a president who respects and supports our arms.”
The regulation was a massive overreach by Obama, potentially banning older people who live on Social Security from owning a gun just because they can’t handle their own financial affairs.
The way NBC titled their article is very deceptive: “Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses”. As you see in their first paragraph, they continue with this slant.
But everyone must get a background check, whether you buy a rifle, shotgun, or handgun. The way they write the article, you’d think people with mental illnesses will now be running around with guns shooting people.
In my state, and I expect it’s similar in most places, you need a federal background check if you are buying a long gun. If you want to buy a handgun, you must get a permit from the Sheriff’s department where they do a more thorough background check and also check to make sure you are mentally fit to own a gun.
All this regulation did was infringe on the 2nd amendment right of the elderly to protect themselves with a gun, and I’m glad that both Congress and President Trump got rid of it.