The Republicans have voted to repeal an Obama-era regulation designed to keep guns out of the hands of people deemed mentally ill.
Politicians in the Republican-led House voted 235-180 to repeal the regulation that required the Social Security Administration to disclose to the national gun background check system information about people with mental illness.
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, said: “The Social Security Administration not only overstepped its mission with this regulation, it discriminated against certain Americans with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits. The agency should be focused on serving all of its beneficiaries, not picking and choosing whose Second Amendment rights to deny.”
The Democrats will see the move as another win for the influential National Rifle Association who opposed the rule under the Obama administration.
Some 13,286 people were killed in the US by firearms in 2015, according to the Gun Violence Archive, and 26,819 people were injured.