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Congressman Jodey Arrington

Representing the 19th District of Texas

Arrington Cosponsors Bill to Defend Second Amendment Rights

February 2, 2017
Press Release

Washington – Today the United States House of Representatives passed legislation cosponsored by Congressman Jodey Arrington that would strike down an Obama Administration final rule which would unjustly deny certain Social Security beneficiaries their Second Amendment rights without due process.

The rule, finalized by President Obama in the "11th hour," would designate Social Security beneficiaries as having a mental impairment if they allow someone else to manage their finances. 

Federal law makes it a crime already to possess a firearm if an individual has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution.


Congressman Arrington gave a speech on the House floor that stated, in part:

“This rule is one of the most egregious examples of government overreach because it compromises one of our fundamental rights.

“Just because an elderly or disabled individual chooses to delegate their financial responsibilities to another person does not make them mentally incompetent nor does it waive their right to due process.

“We cannot allow our federal government to haphazardly restrict the freedoms of over four million law-abiding Americans who would otherwise be responsible gun owners.

“In fact, they are some of those most vulnerable Americans who need to be able to protect themselves.”

Read the full transcript of Congressman Arrington’s remarks HERE and learn more about the legislation, H.J. Res 40, HERE.