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Politics Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks

00:11  16 february  2018
00:11  16 february  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama - era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun . Both the House and Senate last week passed the new bill , H.J. Res 40, revoking the Obama - era regulation.

“ Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama - Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses.”

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President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.

The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.

Had the rule fully taken effect, the Obama administration predicted it would have added about 75,000 names to that database.

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President Donald Trump 's tweet about a mass shooting has angered gun control advocates who point to an Obama - era regulation he repealed. President Trump calls for focus on mental health after 18th mass shooting of 2018. But, wait… Trump signs bill revoking Obama - era gun checks for mental

President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama - era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun . Both the House and Senate last week passed the new bill , H.J. Res 40, revoking the Obama - era regulation.

President Barack Obama recommended the now-nullified regulation in a 2013 memo following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six others dead. The measure sought to block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns.

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The original rule was hotly contested by gun rights advocates who said it infringed on Americans' Second Amendment rights. Gun control advocates, however, praised the rule for curbing the availability of firearms to those who may not use them with the right intentions.

Both the House and Senate last week passed the new bill, H.J. Res 40, revoking the Obama-era regulation.

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President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama - era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun . Both the House and Senate last week passed the new bill , H.J. Res 40, revoking the Obama - era regulation.

Sign up, tune into the things you care about, and get updates as they happen. I hope when Trump visits Parkland this weekend he reminds everyone that he revoked the background checks for mentally ill individuals.

Trump signed the bill into law without a photo op or fanfare. The president welcomed cameras into the oval office Tuesday for the signing of other executive orders and bills. News that the president signed the bill was tucked at the bottom of a White House email alerting press to other legislation signed by the president.

The National Rifle Association "applauded" Trump's action. Chris Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, said the move "marks a new era for law-abiding gun owners, as we now have a president who respects and supports our arms."

Everytown For Gun Safety President John Feinblatt said he expected more gun control rollbacks from the Trump administration. In a statement to NBC News, he called the action "just the first item on the gun lobby's wish list" and accused the National Rifle Association of "pushing more guns, for more people, in more places."

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a leading gun control advocate in Congress, called out Republicans over the move.

"Republicans always say we don't need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the laws already on the books. But the bill signed into law today undermines enforcement of existing laws that Congress passed to make sure the background check system had complete information," he said in an emailed statement.

Trump calls for strengthening background checks in wake of Fla. shooting .
President Trump on Tuesday appeared to suggest lawmakers should turn their focus to strengthening background checks for gun purchases in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last week. "Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!" Trump tweeted. "Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!" Trump tweeted.

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