Social Security administration won’t answer Congress about its new gun control program

August 11, 2015 in News by RBN Staff

The Social Security Administration has not yet responded to a letter from Congress asking the agency about the gun control efforts proposed by the Obama administration.

Source: Red Alert Politics
By | August 10, 2015

Associated Press

A letter was sent by the Republican members of the Ways and Means Committee last month, but so far the agency has not responded, the Free Beacon reported.

The House members sent the letter on July 21 asking Carolyn Colvin, the Social Security Acting Commissioner, to respond to their concerns over a plan by the president’s administration to use Social Security as a method of enforcing gun control.  They asked that a response be sent back by July 31.

“It has come to our attention that the Social Security Administration is considering a policy to provide the names of Social Security beneficiaries who have a ‘representative payee’ to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in an effort to limit Second Amendment rights. This would be a dangerous overreach, and we urge you to abandon any such plan,” the 18 Republican members of the Ways and Means Committee signatories said in the letter.

“The representative payee system is vital for beneficiaries who need assistance managing their own finance,” they continued. “Millions of responsible seniors and people with disabilities rely on a representative payee. Simply using this system does not mean beneficiaries are a risk to themselves or others.”

Members of the committee would not detail to the Free Beacon if they are considering legislation related to the alleged plan to tie gun control to Social Security payments while they wait for the Social Security Administration’s response.