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GARLAND (CBSDFW.COM) – A proposed new rule on Social Security may mean some Americans could be disqualified from buying firearms.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, the Obama Administration is considering a change in which recipients who may not be mentally competent to manage their financial affairs… might automatically be disqualified in a gun background check.

The owner of the Targetmaster store, in the 1700 block South Jupiter in Garland, says he fits the profile and is not happy about it. Tom Mannewitz sees this as a step toward gun control. “I think it’s kind of a back-handed way to push an agenda,” he said.

Mannewitz believes the gun rights of Social Security recipients are potentially threatened. In his case, after nearly 40-years he lets his adult children do much of the heavy lifting at Targetmaster these days. “I’m still active in it, but I have my checks automatically deposited and frequently I’ll have my daughter write up the checks for my bills just so I don’t have to be bothered with it.”

He rhetorically asked the question, “So does that make me unable to handle my own affairs?”

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The report in the Times claims, social security recipients who may not be mentally able to manage their own financial affairs could be singled out or denied if they want to buy a new gun — much the way some veterans with post traumatic stress syndrome already are.

Gun control advocates point to mass shootings in Connecticut or South Carolina to justify the proposal. Mannewitz calls the reasoning flawed. “Those are not senior citizens, those are not soldiers that have gone berserk.” Much might depend on who declares a recipient mentally incompetent to handle his or her affairs.

Heather Carlile counsels post traumatic stress victims. “And so if they’re going to pass a law they’re going to need to figure out to do it safely and respectfully.”

Carlile cautions there may be pitfalls in a government one-size-fits-all approach, even when policy is well-intended for the overall public good, because each case is different. “Not everyone who is paranoid or afraid or full of rage is going to do an act of violence, not everyone of those is available for testing or for knowing,” she counsels.

Social Security doesn’t currently do background checks, but the Times says if adopted… the plan could affect 4.2 million Americans. The National Rifle Association says it will oppose the law.

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