Senators say old age or disability not grounds to revoke Americans’ constitutional rights.
Aug 11 2015
Manchin Joins Effort to Stop Social Security Administration’s Potential Backdoor Gun Limits
Senators say old age or disability not grounds to revoke Americans’ constitutional rights
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of 25 senators in calling on the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop its plan to unfairly target the Second Amendment rights of millions of Social Security beneficiaries. In a letter to the SSA Acting Administrator, the Senators question the Administration’s reported plan to begin divulging millions of Social Security beneficiaries’ information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
“As a law-abiding gun owner, hunter, card-carrying life member of the NRA and Second Amendment advocate, I have always supported a West Virginian’s right to bear arms,” Senator Manchin said. “This potential overreach by the Social Security Administration is a blatant infringement on the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans. The assumption by the SSA that seniors and individuals with certain disabilities are a threat to society is both inaccurate and misguided and should not be grounds to revoke someone’s constitutional rights. That is why I joined my colleagues in strongly urging the Administration to end efforts to move forward with this proposal.”