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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham introduces bill to protect Social Security beneficiaries’ gun ownership rights

July 21, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, introduced a bill Tuesday, July 21, to protect the Second Amendment by preventing the President from taking guns away from Social Security beneficiaries.

President Obama has instructed the Social Security Administration to report the names of beneficiaries who are unable to manage their own affairs to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Dr. Abraham’s bill would prevent those names from being reported unless a Federal court has declared that individual mentally incompetent.

Social Security has never before taken part in the background check system in the way the President is proposing. If the President’s proposal isn’t blocked by legislation, about 4.2 million adults receiving monthly benefits could be at risk of losing their Second Amendment rights.

“President Obama will stop at nothing to take guns away from anyone he can. My bill would reinstitute the rule of law and prevent bureaucrats in Washington from deciding who can and cannot exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms. In this nation, everyone is entitled to due process, and that includes those on Social Security,” Dr. Abraham said.