In yet another court victory for sensible gun laws, a federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld New Jersey’s restrictions on the carrying of concealed firearms. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Drake v. Filko rejected the arguments of the Second Amendment Foundation and the New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs Association that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a weapon, and agreed with arguments by the Brady Center that the law requiring that permit applicants demonstrate a “justifiable need to carry a handgun” is Constitutional. The Third Circuit with this decision joined the First, Second and Fourth Circuits in rejecting corporate gun lobby arguments that the Second Amendment prevents states from restricting the carrying of loaded firearms in public.
(Washington, DC)— Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement on the successful confirmation of Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) by the United States Senate today: “The American people have spoken and the United States Senate has listened. For years, we have called for permanent leadership at the ATF and action on the nomination of Todd Jones. Today we can finally say the agency responsible for enforcing our gun laws will have a permanent director with the leadership skills to help in the fight to prevent gun violence....
On Friday, July 19, 2013, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the case Shirley v. Glass (Case No. 102570), finding that gun dealers must use the highest standard of care when selling weapons, and that dealers can be held liable for violating gun laws under negligence per se. Both rulings were first-of-their kind decisions in the state of Kansas. Jonathan Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center, argued the case and praised the ruling as a “landmark victory that will help victims of gun violence in Kansas and across the country.”
One year ago on July 20th, an almost unimaginable 82 people where shot, 12 dying from their injuries, while sitting down to watch a movie in an Aurora, Colorado theater. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence today honors the memory of those who died, and reaffirms dedication to preventing future incidents of gun violence.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will be hearing arguments on Thursday July 18, 2013 in Miami on the unprecedented and highly controversial Florida “Docs v. Glocks” gag law that could strip doctors of their medical licenses if they discuss firearm safety with patients. Lawyers with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, along with the law firm of Ropes & Gray, brought suit against the law in June 2011 on behalf of several Florida doctors and medical groups, and last year won an injunction from U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, who ruled the law was unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
Brady Helps Launch Campaign Calling on Amazon.com to Stop Selling Zombie Industries Products
Washington, DC— The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence today called on Zombie Industries to stop selling their latest “tasteless, offensive and outrageous” shooting target they are calling, “Gun Control Lobbyist” zombie. The company had been using a picture of Brady Campaign President Dan Gross and Virginia Tech shooting victim Colin Goddard as part of its marketing ads, but after major outcry, pulled it down. However, the offensive shooting target is still being sold.
The Brady Campaign is part of an effort, along with Newtown Action Alliance and The Gun Truth Project, demanding that Amazon.com remove Zombie Industries products from their website.
For Immediate Release • July 10, 2013 • Contact: media [at] bradynetwork [dot] org
(Washington, DC)— Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote in favor of B. Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled for Thursday morning.
“We support B. Todd Jones as the Director of the ATF and we urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to send his nomination to the full Senate for an up and down vote.
For Immediate Release - July 3, 2013 - Contact: media [at] bradynetwork [dot] org
Washington, DC – The following statement was released today by Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:
"We commend Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for his decision to amend concealed carry legislation that recently passed the Illinois legislature."