Did President Trump rollback gun purchasing laws?

March 01, 2018 05:41 AM

In the wake of the wake of the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida there's been a lot of talk about gun control.  

President Donald Trump met with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to find ways of addressing gun violence on Tuesday.


But you may have seen posts on social media claiming President Trump repealed an Obama-era regulation that would have made it easier to stop some mentally ill people from buying a gun.  

A Facebook post that's been shared more than 84,000 times already reads in part that the Obama rule would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a gun.  

The rule was crafted as part of former President Obama's efforts to strengthen the federal background check system in the wake of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

While that may be true, that law never went into effect prior to being rescinded.  Furthermore, it didn't change any laws already on the books that regulate who is legally allowed to buy a gun.  

However, the law would have provided a new way of enforcing existing laws, because it would have allowed the transfer of information between agencies. The transfer could have possibly prevented people with certain mental illnesses from buying a gun.  

We found this claim, is mostly news.  


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