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Congress Needs to Bring Up Background Check Legislation Now


June 12, 2014 Contact: Jennifer Fuson 202-370-8128 jfuson [at] bradymail [dot] org                     

                                                                The American Public Deserves a Vote, Says Brady Campaign

Washington, D.C. – Today the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is calling on Congress to vote on legislation that would expand background checks to all gun sales.

“With four high-profile shootings in three weeks, and 86 more gun deaths every single day, we need action and we need it now. Ninety percent of Americans support this measure and we deserve a vote," demanded Gross.

This week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) both commented on the willingness to call for another Senate vote.

“We are encouraged by Majority Leader Reid’s openness to call for another vote in the Senate, and we urge him not to miss this moment and schedule the vote,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The Brady Campaign has been leading the charge to get calls into the U.S. Senate from Americans across the country resulting in tens of thousands of calls into the offices of key senators who voted against the Manchin-Toomey amendment in April, 2013.

Reid’s comments came at the same time as hundreds of advocates were on Capitol Hill lobbying on background check legislation as part of the Brady Campaign’s annual National Summit and lobby day on gun violence prevention.

At the same time, the U.S. House of Representatives has not held a single vote on H.R. 1565, even though the legislation has 189 co-sponsors and the overwhelming support of the American public, including gun owners.

“It is time for the American public to hold our elected leaders accountable to represent the interests of the American public ahead of the corporate gun lobby and hold a vote to expand the background checks to keep guns out of the hands of violent felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill,” added Gross.

“Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, ‘We believe that if the Senate bill [Manchin-Toomey] would come up in the House that it would pass, that it would pass in the House of Representatives.’ It is time for Congress to stop putting the money of the corporate gun lobby ahead of American lives, and let H.R. 1565 come to a vote," said Gross.

Leader Reid’s comments came the same day as President Obama said the following in response to the school shooting in Troutdale, Oregon: “If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.”

“We could not agree more,” said Gross. “It is up to us, the American public, to hold our elected leaders accountable and demand change.” Senator McCain, who was one of four Republicans to support Manchin-Toomey, said this week he would vote the same way if it comes up this year and had no problems with Reid calling up the legislation again, according to Politico.

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