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Faso votes to overturn gun policy, co-sponsors reciprocity bill

Feb 08, 2017 7:15 am

Victoria Addison is reporting in The Daily Mail U.S. Rep. John Faso voted with the majority in the House last week to overturn an Obama-era policy that prevented certain people who receive Social Security disability benefits from purchasing a gun. The policy was finalized in December and would have added approximately 75,000 people to the national background check database. That database is used by licensed gun dealers to screen potential firearm buyers. The individuals who would have been added to the database have mental health conditions that make working and managing their own affairs impossible, and require someone else to receive benefits on their behalf. “The regulation is an overreach,” Faso said. “What the Social Security Disability Administration was doing was basically adding another criteria so if someone was deemed by them as not being capable of conducting their financial affairs they would therefore be put on the prohibited list from exercising their second amendment rights.” The policy was inspired in part by the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six educators. Faso said he received numerous complaints from firearms owners about the policy. In other gun-related legislation the Kinderhook Republican is a co-sponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, introduced on Jan. 3. That measure would allow individuals to carry or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. “This has been a long-standing bone of contention among sportsmen and gun owners and law-abiding people who get ensnared in an inadvertent violation of the law because they cross the state line,” Faso said. The bill would also allow qualified individuals to carry or possess a concealed handgun in a school zone or on federally owned lands that are open to the public. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

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