Sam Johnson (Republican – Texas) introduced House Joint Resolution 40 to nullify the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.
The Joint Resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives on January 30, 2017 and was passed 235-180 on February 2, 2017 and received in the Senate. The Senate brought the resolution to the floor for debate on February 14, 2017.
SUMMARY OF RULE TO BE NULLIFIED (81 Fed. Reg. 91702)
The rule implemented provisions of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 that require Federal agencies to provide relevant records to the Attorney General for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Under the rules the agency would identify, on a prospective basis, individuals who received Disability Insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act or Supplemental Security Income payments and who also meet other criteria, including that an individual’s mental impairment requires they receive their payments through a financial representative.
The information was to be provided on a quarterly basis or more frequently. The individuals were to be notified both orally and in writing of their possible Federal prohibition on possessing or receiving firearms and penalties for violating the Gun Control Act. The individuals were also to be notified on how to request to be exempted from the program.
The rule text can be found here: 81 Fed. Reg. 91702
The bill had 119 Republican cosponsors and 1 Democratic cosponsor. A full list of cosponsors can be found on the Congress.gov summary for the resolution.