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Jana Heigl
By Jana Heigl April 19, 2017

Trump signs resolution to reverse Obama's executive order on gun control

One of the first regulations President Donald Trump vowed to slash was President Barack Obama's executive order on gun control that was implemented in the final year of his presidency.

Obama's order made it mandatory for the Social Security Administration to release information about mentally ill recipients of Social Security benefits. This information would then be included in background checks, essentially prohibiting people with mental illnesses to buy guns.

The Obama administration estimated this rule would affect about 75,000 people each year who have a documented mental health issue.

Obama's order was opposed by the NRA and the American Civil Liberties Union — two groups that are not usually on the same side. In a statement issued by ACLU, they said the rule "advances and reinforces the harmful stereotype that people with mental disabilities, a vast and diverse group of citizens, are violent."

Trump signed House Joint Resolution 40, nullifying Obama's rule, on Feb. 28, 2017.

The White House declared in advance that "this application of rule could endanger the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens."

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