The Obama administration has in its crosshairs some 4.2 million Social Security recipients who use a fiduciary to handle their monthly benefits, according to The Los Angeles Times, which reports that the White House is looking to prohibit those who have been found incompetent to manage their own financial affairs from owning guns.
The proposal — part of an overall maneuver to bolster gun laws since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut — would require the Social Security Administration to report those 4.2 million people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which ensures felons, drug addicts, illegal immigrants and others cannot buy firearms.
According to the Times, the 4.2 million figure represents those who receive monthly benefits but use a fiduciary because of “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.”
The figure breaks down to about 2.7 million people with mental health problems — “a potentially higher risk category for gun ownership” — and 1.5 million who have their finances managed by others “for a variety of reasons.”
The NRA and other gun-rights advocates have already said they will object.
National Council on Disability member Ari Ne’eman told the Times that the independent federal agency would oppose “any policy that used assignment of a representative payee as a basis to take any fundamental right from people with disabilities.”