Under Current Federal Law, a 19-year-old Can Walk into Almost Any Gun Store, Even One Notorious for Selling Thousands of Guns Later Recovered at Crime Scenes, and Buy Dozens of AR-15’s along with “bump Stock” Accessories to Convert Them into the Functional Equivalent of Machine Guns.
The sale might take as little as 20 minutes, and in most states, the gun store isn’t even legally required to notify law enforcement. Gun dealers are only required by law to report multiple handgun sales, with few exceptions. Or consider this: under existing federal law, if that teen’s background check takes more than three business days to complete, the gun store can legally hand over the guns without knowing whether the teen (or any person regardless of age) is a felon, a domestic abuser, or a fugitive from justice.
At Brady, we are working to fix the gaps in our nation’s gun laws. We are also encouraged by the private sector’s recent efforts to reduce the danger posed by those gaps in federal and state law. This report highlights what companies have already done to step into the breach and reduce gun violence in America, largely, but not exclusively, in the aftermath of the Parkland school massacre. It then describes other actions that companies, including those in the gun industry and those that partially own, finance, or advise them, can take.
Private Enterprises in America Have Long Been an Important Part of Encouraging, Supporting, and Enacting Significant Social Change.
As companies have taken positions on climate change, anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, family leave, and other socially responsible causes, it has helped to both place these issues in the forefront of the media and pressure other public and private industry members to adopt the same policies. In recent months, corporate attention has turned to America’s gun violence problem as a recognized public health epidemic that kills 96 Americans and injures another 200 or more each day. Indeed, since 1968, more Americans have died from gun violence than the sum total of all service members killed in every war combined in United States history. An increasing amount of business leaders, investors, and corporate board members are not only cognizant of the toll of gun violence, but are also determined to lead by example. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Citigroup, Bank of America, Kroger’s, and L.L. Bean, among others, have announced policies that address this uniquely American problem.