Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement after the Senate passed a joint resolution to repeal an Obama Administration rule that restricted Americans’ right to bear arms and due process under the law. The joint resolution is now headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Chairman Goodlatte: “I applaud the Senate for joining the House in swiftly repealing an egregious Obama-era rule in order to restore Americans’ constitutional rights. The Obama Administration’s rule allows bureaucrats at the Social Security Administration to deprive disabled Americans of due process and their Second Amendment right. The rule is flat out discriminatory and denies rights that are protected by the Constitution. I thank Congressman Sam Johnson and Senator Chuck Grassley for their good work on this resolution and look forward to President Trump signing it into law.”

Background: In the final days of the Obama Administration, the Social Security Administration issued a rule requiring bureaucrats to forward the names of beneficiaries who have been deemed unable to manage their financial affairs to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which would prohibit them from purchasing a firearm. The rule covers people receiving Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits and who need a representative payee to manage their financial affairs. The people affected by this rule are not given the option to appeal the removal of their names from the database until after they’ve already lost their Second Amendment right.

When the rule was proposed, it received over 91,000 comments, most of them in opposition. The National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities, has called on Congress to utilize the Congressional Review Act to repeal this rule.

The House passed H.J. Res. 40 on February 2, 2017. The resolution is bipartisan and is supported by over 20 groups.