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Did Your Congressman Just Vote to Kill a Regulation Banning Severely Mentally Impaired People From Owning Guns?

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House Republicans Kill Rule That Applies to 75,000 Too Disabled to Hold a Job or Manage Their Affairs

House Republicans late Thursday afternoon voted to revoke an Obama administration regulation that bans mentally impaired people from owning guns. The Obama administration used the background check system to have the Social Security Administration flag gun purchase inquiries from people receiving social security benefits because they are too severely mentally impaired to hold a job and to manage their personal affairs. CNN describes them as “severely mentally ill.”

75,000 people are affected by the regulation.

The final vote to kill the regulation was 235-180, almost entirely along party lines. Just two Republicans voted to keep the regulation, and six Democrats voted to revoke it. The NRA backed the resolution.

One of the Democrats who fought to save the regulation is Rep. Mike Thompson of California.

“These are not people just having a bad day,” he said on the House floor, as WCVB reports. “These are not people simply suffering from depression or anxiety or agoraphobia. These are people with a severe mental illness who can’t hold any kind of job or make any decisions about their affairs, so the law says very clearly they shouldn’t have a firearm.”

Is your Congress member one of the ones who voted to kill the regulation? 

Below is the list of those who did, but to make it easier, if your representative is a Republican not Peter King or Dan Donovan of New York, they either voted to kill the regulation or they did not vote. The only Democrats who voted for the resolution are: Bishop (GA), Cuellar, Kind, O’Halleran, Sinema, Walz.

Next step is the Senate, where it’s all but guaranteed to pass. President Trump is expected to sign it. People, including some of the 75,000 the regulation banned from owning guns, will likely die as a result.

Here’s the full list of “ayes.” The congressional voting record is here. You can contact your representative here.

Abraham

Aderholt

Allen

Amash

Amodei

Arrington

Babin

Bacon

Banks (IN)

Barletta

Barr

Barton

Bergman

Biggs

Bilirakis

Bishop (GA)

Bishop (MI)

Bishop (UT)

Black

Blackburn

Blum

Bost

Brady (TX)

Brat

Bridenstine

Brooks (IN)

Buchanan

Buck

Bucshon

Budd

Burgess

Byrne

Calvert

Carter (GA)

Carter (TX)

Chabot

Chaffetz

Cheney

Coffman

Cole

Collins (GA)

Collins (NY)

Comer

Comstock

Conaway

Cook

Costello (PA)

Cramer

Crawford

Cuellar

Culberson

Curbelo (FL)

Davis, Rodney

Denham

Dent

DeSantis

DesJarlais

Diaz-Balart

Duffy

Duncan (SC)

Duncan (TN)

Dunn

Emmer

Farenthold

Faso

Ferguson

Fitzpatrick

Fleischmann

Flores

Fortenberry

Foxx

Franks (AZ)

Frelinghuysen

Gaetz

Gallagher

Garrett

Gibbs

Gohmert

Goodlatte

Gosar

Gowdy

Granger

Graves (GA)

Graves (LA)

Graves (MO)

Griffith

Grothman

Guthrie

Harper

Harris

Hartzler

Hensarling

Herrera Beutler

Hice, Jody B.

Higgins (LA)

Hill

Holding

Hollingsworth

Hudson

Huizenga

Hultgren

Hunter

Hurd

Issa

Jenkins (KS)

Jenkins (WV)

Johnson (LA)

Johnson (OH)

Johnson, Sam

Jordan

Joyce (OH)

Katko

Kelly (MS)

Kelly (PA)

Kind

King (IA)

Kinzinger

Knight

Kustoff (TN)

Labrador

LaHood

Lamborn

Lance

Latta

Lewis (MN)

LoBiondo

Long

Loudermilk

Love

Lucas

Luetkemeyer

MacArthur

Marchant

Marino

Marshall

Massie

Mast

McCarthy

McCaul

McClintock

McHenry

McKinley

McMorris Rodgers

McSally

Meadows

Meehan

Messer

Mitchell

Moolenaar

Mooney (WV)

Mullin

Murphy (PA)

Newhouse

Noem

Nunes

O’Halleran

Olson

Palazzo

Palmer

Paulsen

Pearce

Perry

Pittenger

Poe (TX)

Poliquin

Posey

Ratcliffe

Reed

Reichert

Renacci

Rice (SC)

Roby

Roe (TN)

Rogers (AL)

Rogers (KY)

Rohrabacher

Rokita

Rooney, Francis

Rooney, Thomas J.

Ros-Lehtinen

Roskam

Ross

Rothfus

Rouzer

Royce (CA)

Russell

Rutherford

Sanford

Scalise

Schweikert

Scott, Austin

Sensenbrenner

Sessions

Shimkus

Shuster

Simpson

Sinema

Smith (MO)

Smith (NE)

Smith (NJ)

Smith (TX)

Smucker

Stefanik

Stewart

Stivers

Taylor

Tenney

Thompson (PA)

Thornberry

Tiberi

Tipton

Trott

Turner

Upton

Valadao

Wagner

Walberg

Walden

Walorski

Walters, Mimi

Walz

Weber (TX)

Webster (FL)

Wenstrup

Westerman

Williams

Wilson (SC)

Wittman

Womack

Woodall

Yoder

Yoho

Young (AK)

Young (IA)

Zeldin

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