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Report: WH Won't Release Trump Picture Undoing Obama Gun Law

Report: WH Won't Release Trump Picture Undoing Obama Gun Law
Photos of President Donald Trump signing executive orders and legislation are released under the discretion of the White House. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 15 February 2018 06:30 PM

The White House will not release a photograph of President Donald Trump signing legislation last year making it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns, CBS News reported Thursday.

"We don't plan to release the picture at this time," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CBS News in an email dated April 19, 2017.

CBS said Thursday the response from Sanders came after "repeated emails and phone calls" for the photo.

Trump signed the legislation Feb. 28, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. It rolled back an Obama-era rule enacted after the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut in December 2016.

CBS asked for a picture from the session — and it was the network's 12th request.

A White House photographer told CBS that pictures were taken of the signing.

Only the administration can release them, as the White House is not subjected to the Freedom of Information Act, according to the report.

The bill, HJ Resolution 40, was introduced 10 days before Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration, and received quick review under the Congressional Review Act.

That law allows Congress to quickly review and repeal new regulations, CBS reported.

President Barack Obama had called for tightened restrictions against the mentally ill obtaining guns after Sandy Hook.

Had the law remained in effect, according to CBS, nearly 75,000 names of mentally ill Americans would have been added to a federal database that would have stopped them from buying a gun.

The National Rifle Association lauded Trump's rollback in a statement that day.

"Today marks a new era for law-abiding gun owners, as we have now have a president who respects and supports our right to keep and bear arms," NRA Executive Director Chris Cox said.

In addition, the NRA said that Obama rule "would have resulted in 75,000 Social Security recipients who use a representative payee losing their Second Amendment rights without due process."

The rule, however, only applied to Social Security recipients who were unable to manage their affairs because of "marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease."

The association also noted President Trump's revocation was also supported by "the ACLU, and more than a dozen mental health advocacy organizations."

CBS said it asked the White House again early Thursday whether it would release a photograph from Trump's signing "but received no response."

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