WASHINGTON (KXAN) — On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed a bill ending an Obama-era executive action that aimed to prevent mentally ill people from acquiring guns.
The rule required stricter rules for background checks on those trying to buy firearms. As part of the legislation, the Social Security Administration had to submit records of mentally ill people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check system, the FBI’s database that indicates if someone can legally purchase a gun.
About 75,000 people listed as “mentally defective” — and allowed for them to appeal the ruling — but Republicans say they fear the rule would limit those with mental health challenges, but are mentally fit enough to own a gun.
The Obama executive order was a result of the San Bernardino shootings in 2015.