“Republicans in Congress began a process Thursday of rescinding a federal rule aimed at preventing people with serious mental-health problems from buying guns,” according to Bloomberg.
“The rule Republicans want to reverse requires the Social Security Administration to report any beneficiaries deemed incapable of managing their benefits to the national background check system, which the FBI uses to determine eligibility to buy firearms.”
Representative Jim McGovern, (D-MA): “This rule is intended to keep firearms out of the hands of those suffering from severe mental illness. That’s a common-sense idea that I think we all should agree on.”
“The rule was part of a larger effort by former President Barack Obama to strengthen background checks in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six teachers.”
UPDATE: Trump quietly signed bill making it easier for mentally ill people to obtain guns hours before Congress address (Source: NY Daily News)