According to exit polls, gun violence prevention was one of the most important issues for voters in a closely watched election in Virginia, where Brady-endorsed candidate Ralph Northam soundly defeated his NRA-backed opponent in the Gubernatorial race.
New information just reported by the Air Force show what many had feared: the killer in the Texas church mass shooting on Sunday was known to be dangerous, but because of gaps in our background check system, he was able to buy guns and kill people.
Two of the five deadliest mass shootings in American history occurred in the last 35 days. Three of them occurred in the last 17 months. In response to Sunday's shooting, the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence has begun to review, research and investigate how the Texas shooter was able to obtain his guns in light of his legal history.
According to news reports, a gunman entered a church this morning in a small town near San Antonio, Texas and opened fire. He killed 26 people and wounded 20 more. Brady is monitoring the situation carefully.
Today, Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2017, which will expand Brady background checks to cover all commercial firearm sales including those sold at gun shows, over the Internet at sites like ArmsList.com and in classified ads.
The NCADV and the Brady Center have focused on educating policy makers and the public about the deadly mix of domestic violence and firearms, and policy solutions that can be enacted to address this issue and save lives.
A new analysis by the City of Chicago and recently-released data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are providing a unique glimpse into the sources of firearms used to commit crimes, and how variations among state laws directly impact public safety.