The Brady Center and Campaign work to prevent gun violence by changing culture, changing laws, and changing the gun industry. We have brought and supported lawsuits that have forced the gun industry to change the way it does business, and led or assisted in cases to strike down dangerous gun laws, as well as efforts to defend laws that keep our communities safe.
The City of Nelson, GA passed an ordinance requiring every home to have a gun. The Brady Center’s successful lawsuit arguing that the law was unconstitutional won a settlement in which the City voided the law and recognized a right not to own guns.
An NRA-backed Washington man sued Colorado for denying him a concealed carry permit. The Brady Center argued the case in federal court, helping the State win a ruling that the Second Amendment does not protect carrying loaded, hidden handguns.
The NRA sued the City of Pittsburgh in 2009, arguing that an ordinance requiring reporting of missing guns conflicted with state law. The Brady Center successfully represented the City pro bono, and had the case dismissed by the state Supreme Court.
The Beltway snipers terrorized the DC area in 2002, killing ten. The Brady Center’s lawsuit for victims won a ruling that the dealer and manufacturer of the snipers’ gun could be liable for the shootings, and a $2.5 million settlement.
A playmate shot and killed Nafis Jefferson, 7, with a gun sold to a trafficker, then ditched by a drug dealer on the street. The Brady Center’s lawsuit for Nafis’ mother held accountable the gun dealer who supplied and profited from the trafficker.