Pingree will vote against weakening gun purchase background check system
Says we need to do more to prevent gun violence, not less
Washington, DC, February 2, 2017
Tags: Community Safety
Legislation in the House today overturns an Obama Administration action that filled an important gap in reporting individuals with severe mental illness to the system.
“Just over four years ago, we watched the tragic shooting unfold at Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 students and six teachers lost their lives. We bowed our heads and said, ‘Never again.’ There have been 23 indiscriminate mass shootings since that day, killing 175 people, on top of thousands of other victims of gun violence,” said Pingree. “It’s clear that we need to do more, not less, to protect Americans by preventing gun violence. I’m appalled that Republicans are now moving to weaken the already inadequate protections we do have by overturning background check reporting for severely mentally ill individuals who are not legally allowed to purchase a firearm.”
Background on the regulation
Issued in December, the rule in question requires the Social Security Administration to report individuals to the background check system who meet both of these requirements:
1) are unable to earn any income due to their mental condition, AND
An appeals process was included under the rule for individuals who felt they were wrongly put on the list.
Under the Congressional Review Act, the Social Security Administration will not be able to issue a similar rule for a year if this one is overturned.