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Chris W. Cox: The truth about Obama's Social Security gun grab

Monday, February 20, 2017

Amid hysterical and inaccurate headlines after Congress voted to overturn an Obama-era gun grab, it's important Americans understand the facts. Contrary to what some media headlines implied, everyone who buys a firearm from a licensed dealer must go through a background check, and those who are adjudicated as dangerously mentally ill remain prohibited.

The bill that was so outrageously mischaracterized had to do with who is banned from gun ownership and why. Under direction from the Obama administration, the Social Security Administration wanted to prevent some of the most vulnerable Americans from exercising their constitutional rights. Specifically, it tried to prevent gun ownership by people on the Social Security disability rolls who use a representative payee to help with their finances.

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Chris W. Cox

BY Chris W. Cox

NRA-ILA Executive Director

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Chris W. Cox has served as the executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action, the political and lobbying arm of NRA, since 2002. As NRA’s principal political strategist, Cox oversees eight NRA-ILA divisions: Federal Affairs; State & Local Affairs; Public Affairs; Grassroots; Finance; Research & Information; Conservation, Wildlife & Natural Resources; and Office of Legislative Counsel. Cox also serves as chairman of NRA’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF), the Association’s political action committee; president of the NRA Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF), which focuses on non-partisan voter registration and citizen education; and chairman of NRA Country, an effort to bring country music artists together with NRA members in support of our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.