Congress votes to roll back gun control measure

Congress voted Wednesday to roll back a gun control measure inspired by the Sandy Hook school shooting.

The rule would have kept 75,000 people from being able to buy guns.

The rule would have kept 75,000 people from being able to buy guns. (2/15/17)

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congress voted Wednesday to roll back a gun control measure inspired by the Sandy Hook school shooting.

The rule would have kept 75,000 people from being able to buy guns.

The measure targeted people on Social Security who have been deemed too mentally impaired to manage their own benefits and people diagnosed with anything from anxiety to schizophrenia.

Sen. Chris Murphy says the rollback will make it easier for the mentally ill to get guns.

Republicans say this measure was way too broad and that it could strip tens of thousands of innocent people of their constitutional rights.

"That's common sense, right? You ought to find out, are they really dangerous before they're denied a constitutional right," says Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, of Iowa.

While many Sandy Hook families were angered by the vote, Neil Heslin -- the father of a Sandy Hook victim -- thinks Congress made the right call.  He says the law could have unfairly banned people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from owning firearms.

Heslin, however, says he does support expanded background checks, especially at gun shows and internet sales.

President Donald Trump is expected to approve the rollback vote that took place Wednesday. 

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