Late last week President Obama announced a new push for additional federal “smart” gun technology funding. After grabbing headlines and much attention, the move received praise from gun control groups like Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown and criticism from law enforcement, the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
But an issue flying under the radar in Obama’s announcement is the Administration’s decision to move forward with gun control measures through the Social Security system. Late last year it became clear if an individuals needs financial help managing Social Security benefits, the agency can deem that person mentally unfit to purchase a firearm. This policy is already in place at the Veteran’s Administration, where people who have been assigned a “representative payee” have been permanently placed into the NICS background check system as ineligible to purchase a firearm without due process, a hearing or a trial. As background from the LA Times, bolding is mine: