Millions of guns are sold every year with “no questions asked” transactions. Only 60 percent of all gun sales are conducted with a background check. Today, 19 states have background checks across all gun sales. Every day, 93 people die from gun violence. Policies such as expanding background checks to cover all gun sales would help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, felons, domestic abusers, and other illegal purchasers. Background checks are supported by 90 percent of Americans, including the vast majority of gun owners, because they make us all safer. Since 1994, the Brady law has blocked over 3 million prohibited purchases. But that’s only the beginning. With your help we can cut gun deaths in half by 2025.
Changing the Gun Industry
The decisions by bad actors in the gun industry to engage in reckless and dangerous practices is one of the primary drivers of gun violence in America. Did you also know nearly 90 percent of crime guns are from 5 percent of dealers? Many of these sales are to straw purchasers and traffickers. Litigation led by the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project works to reduce gun violence through the courts by reforming gun industry practices and defending sensible gun policies and to challenge them at their doorsteps. Our successes have prevented gun sales to dangerous people and have forced “bad apple” gun dealers to reform their practices. Help us continue to hold “bad apple” gun dealers accountable.
Too often guns in the home result in tragedies and too often these tragedies occur because there is unsafe access to those guns. There are over 300 million guns in America. Most are owned by law-abiding citizens without harmful or dangerous intent, yet a gun in the home results in more than two-thirds of all gun deaths. Nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Every year thousands of kids are killed by firearms as a result. Our mission is to make sure our children are safe. Take a moment to ask the question that could save your child’s life: “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?”