The Brady Center is engaged in several lawsuits against gun sellers across the country for supplying guns to criminals and dangerous people. Trials in multiple cases are scheduled for 2015.
The guns used in crimes don't just "grow on trees" and criminals aren't manufacturing them in their basements. In reality, nearly all crime guns are purchased initially at a licensed dealer, and later diverted to the underground, illegal market.
Cutting off the flow of guns from ”bad apple” gun dealers to gun traffickers, straw purchasers and other criminals dramatically reduces gun violence in our communities.
Brady Center lawsuits have stopped gun dealers from selling guns to straw purchasers and traffickers, and sent a clear message to the gun industry: If you irresponsibly supply guns to criminals, you will pay or be shut down.
Holding bad apple gun dealers accountable for their illegal actions makes a difference. When bad apples reform their business practices, less guns are on our streets, making our communities that much safer.
These bad apple gun dealers had more traced crime guns lead back to their stores from 2006-2010 than any other gun stores in the U.S. These are some of the worst of the worst.
Ten of the worst bad apple gun dealers account for over 17,4000 crime guns
Just 1% of gun dealers account for nearly 60% of all crime guns. If we reform that 1%, we make a huge difference in gun violence across America.
The vast majority of gun dealers do their part to keep guns out of criminal hands, but a small and dangerous group of “bad apple” gun dealers are responsible for gun crimes that victimize 1,300 Americans each and every day.