WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement following Senate passage of H. J. Res 40, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval against a rule submitted by the Social Security Administration (SSA) relating to Implementation of the National Instant Criminal History Background Checks (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act of 2007. The CRA resolution passed the Senate by a vote of 57-43.
“Under the current SSA rule, the agency is stripping individuals of their gun rights without allowing due process. This CRA simply ensures Social Security beneficiaries cannot have their 2nd Amendment rights revoked without due process.” Inhofe said. “The SSA’s midnight rule would deny gun rights of tens of thousands of Americans every year without any hearing or formal adjudication, violating their 5th Amendment right to due process. In fact, under this rule, due process is only available to them after they lose the right to bear arms. This rule was one of many efforts the Obama administration took to undermine the 2nd Amendment and I am thankful that Congress has come together to ensure that two of our constitutional rights are protected.”