Update: Period for Public Comments Still Open for New Gun Control Regulation

Posted June 24, 2016 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

In a previous article, I provided details regarding the Social Security Administration’s proposed rule on the Federal Register that could impact some beneficiaries’ ability to own or purchase firearms. (See Potential Gun Control Regulations for SSA Beneficiaries; post on May 6, 2016). Following SSA’s proposal of that rule, there is a 60 day period where the public may comment. As of today, there have been over 3,700 comments made about this rule.

A significant number of these comments seem to view this regulation as a first step in wider gun control laws by the federal government. Other comments take a narrower stance on why they are weary of this type of regulation. One comment rightfully pointed out some of the due process implications surrounding this regulation. Specifically, this comment argued that the lack of an in-person hearing during the appeal process for this regulation is highly concerning. As we know from our experience representing countless Social Security Disability claims, the ability to plead your case directly to a decision maker can sometimes be the difference between a favorable and unfavorable decision.

The 60 day period for commenting on this regulation expires on July 5, 2016. If you feel strongly for or against this regulation, we encourage you to take the opportunity to have your voice heard using this comment process. To access the rule on the Federal Register, go to:

You can then click on the “How to Comment” tab at the top right of the page to see the various methods you can submit your comments.

By: Thomas Klint of Premier Disability Services,LLC®