For Immediate Release • January 3, 2014 • Contact: media [at] bradynetwork [dot] org
Obama Administration Issues Two New Executive Actions to Strengthen the Federal Background Check System, Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands; Renews Call for Congress to Act on Gun Violence
Washington, DC—Today the White House issued two executive orders to clarify what it means to be committed to a mental health institution and also directing the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure patient privacy while providing the background check system with needed information.
The following is a statement from Dan Gross, President, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:
“We are pleased to see the Obama Administration’s continued leadership on the issue of gun violence prevention, especially their ongoing commitment to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
Today’s Executive Orders by the White House will further strengthen the federal background check system by helping ensure the dangerously mentally ill do not gain easy access to guns. These actions, adding to the Administration’s other Executive Orders on firearms, are a step toward reducing gun violence and creating a safer nation. While there is still much work to be done, we applaud the Administration for their efforts and look forward to working with them to finish the job and expand Brady background checks to all gun sales.”
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The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America for all of us that will lead to the dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries that we all seek.
Dan Gross is the President of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.