Crapo, a Republican from Idaho – a state recently named by Wallethub to be the most dependent in the nation on the firearms industry — filed Senate Bill 2495 to prevent the Social Security Administration from using determinations about “the management and payment of an individual’s benefits,” his office said in a statement.
“It is inappropriate for the Social Security Administration to make determinations about an individual’s ability to buy or possess a firearm. This bill would protest the rights of Social Security beneficiaries from having their Constitutional rights arbitrarily revoked,” Crapo said.
The measure was filed in response to a 2013 memorandum issued by President Obama that directed federal agencies, such as the SSA, to collect information on “individuals who may be determined to be what (the National Instant Criminal Background Check System) refers to as ‘mentally deficient’” and submit it to NICS.
The release says that an individual will be determined to be mentally deficient if “a court, board or other lawful authority” finds that the person “is a danger to themselves or others, or is unable to contract or manage their own affairs.”