Obama Administration Action Closes One Loophole Around Current Background Checks, Limits Availability of Military-Grade Weapons | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Obama Administration Action Closes One Loophole Around Current Background Checks, Limits Availability of Military-Grade Weapons

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2013 - Contact: media [at] bradynetwork [dot] org

Statement from Dan Gross, President, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

“Today the Obama Administration locked one backdoor used to get around Brady background checks.  Most Americans would be outraged to learn the number of loopholes that allow felons and other dangerous people to get their hands on machine guns and other military-grade firearms.  The Executive Orders issued by the Obama Administration and ATF begin to plug a growing hole in our nation’s Brady background check system and help limit the availability of military-grade weapons in the United States. 

President Obama’s actions today show the Administration’s continued commitment to gun violence prevention by helping avert dangerous people from gaining access to military-grade weaponry.  While there is still much work to be done, we applaud the Administration for supporting the will of 90% of Americans who demand strengthening Brady background checks. ”

Background on gun trust Executive Order:

Current law puts restrictions on military grade weapons like fully automatic machine guns and short-barreled shotguns and requires a thorough background check and a special license to possess them.  But, when a person registers these deadly weapons to a trust or corporation they are able to evade the licensing and background check requirement.  This means that felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill can easily evade the law and obtain these military weapons.  The White House’s Executive Order closes this loophole by issuing a rule that requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations go through the background check process.

Importation Executive Order:

Also important is the new rule to prohibit the importation of military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities.  This rule will help protect our police officers in the line of duty and keep our communities safe.



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Dan Gross is the President of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. More information about Dan Gross is available here.

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