Barack Obama got some bad news this week when the Senate voted to block a regulation of his that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm.
Fox News reported that the Republican-led Senate decided to revoke the legislation in a 57 to 43 vote. Now, it will be sent up to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
Obama’s regulation had strengthened the federal background check system by requiring the Social Security Administration to include the names of beneficiaries with mental impairments who also have a third party to manage their benefits. However, critics have said the regulation was too broad and put an unfair stigma on those who suffer from disabilities.
Since Trump was elected, Republicans in the Senate have moved swiftly to rescind several late Obama administration regulations. That can’t be make Obama feel very good, as he tried hard at the end of his presidency to ensure his legacy would be protected.
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