These Social Security benefits could keep some people from buying guns

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These Social Security Benefits Could Keep Some People From Buying Guns

The Social Security Administration is proposing a rule that would keep people who receive disability benefits for mental illnesses from purchasing guns.

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The plan involves the SSA reporting people who receive benefits for mental health conditions to the FBI's background check system.

The agency screens for several conditions, including schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, personality disorders and substance addiction disorders when deciding if a person is eligible for benefits.

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It's similar to an existing policy within the Department of Veterans Affairs that can submit veterans with diagnosed mental health issues to FBI background check systems.

However, the VA policy also allows veterans deemed incapable of managing their own funds to appear on the list. So critics argue the rule blocks people who aren't actually a danger to the public or themselves from buying guns.

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POMPANO BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 23: Tim Schneider checks out different handguns as Vesta Parks prepares to buy him one as a Christmas present at the National Armory gun store on December 23, 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida. F.B.I. stats indicate that gun sales have increased dramatically this year, as reports indicate that firearms are a popular choice for a holiday present. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 23: A Christmas tree is seen at the National Armory gun store on December 23, 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida. F.B.I. stats indicate that gun sales have increased dramatically this year, as reports indicate that firearms are a popular choice for a holiday present. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 23: Kevin Sherin and Melissa Sherin shop for a gift at the National Armory gun store on December 23, 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida. F.B.I. stats indicate that gun sales have increased dramatically this year, as reports indicate that firearms are a popular choice for a holiday present. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 23: Vesta Parks checks out a handgun as she prepares to buy Tim Schneider (L) one as a Christmas present at the National Armory gun store on December 23, 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida. F.B.I. stats indicate that gun sales have increased dramatically this year, as reports indicate that firearms are a popular choice for a holiday present. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 23: A customer compares handguns before buying one as a Christmas present at the National Armory gun store on December 23, 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida. F.B.I. stats indicate that gun sales have increased dramatically this year, as reports indicate that firearms are a popular choice for a holiday present. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 16: Ryan Resch writes down the serial number for a .22 caliber handgun to include on a background check for first time customer Dave Clute at BigHorn Firearms on December 16, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Gun sales in Colorado have been growing in Colorado with over 4,000 people attempting to purchase a gun on Black Friday this year in Colorado. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 16: Ryan Resch helps Dave Clute with his first gun purchase, a .22 caliber handgun, at BigHorn Firearms on December 16, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Gun sales in Colorado have been growing in Colorado with over 4,000 people attempting to purchase a gun on Black Friday this year in Colorado. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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This is just the latest in President Barack Obama's gun safety plan. In January, Obama announced a new rule that would let health care providers submit mental health records to the background check system without patients' permission.

Before that change, heath care privacy laws banned providers from submitting those records without patient consent.

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