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I support the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.


Recently, I voted in support of H.J. Res. 40 which strikes down the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) over-reaching rule related to the sharing of personal information with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Under the rule, the SSA would distribute to NICS the personal information of anyone deemed impaired according to the SSA’s list of mental disorders. The SSA list of impairments includes various eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and the inability to handle one’s own finances. Anyone who met one or more of these criteria would be deemed mentally incompetent by SSA/NICS, and would be denied their Second Amendment rights. As this rule advances the stereotype that those with mental disabilities are inherently dangerous, groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as well as the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) supported H.J.Res 40. Additionally, it is worth noting that under the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, it is already illegal for anyone “who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution” to purchase a firearm.

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