Just hours after President Donald Trump stood next to Russian president Vladimir Putin and cast doubt on Russian involvement in the 2016 election, the Department of Justice announced the arrest of Maria Butina, charging her with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation.
Yesterday, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee voted to deny the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $10 million in the 2019 federal budget to conduct research on gun violence despite a March spending bill noting that the agency was authorized to do so. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sharply criticized members of the committee, noting that no other public health crisis would be denied funding for over two decades.
Following new revelations that Florida Agricultural Commissioner and leading Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam misled the public regarding hundreds of mishandled concealed carry permits in his state, leading gun safety advocates called for his resignation from office.
This evening, President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, replacing retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence expressed serious apprehension over the nomination, citing Judge Kavanaugh’s previous hostility to common-sense gun safety laws.
This afternoon, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed an extreme risk gun bill to allow for the temporary removal of guns from people who pose significant danger to themselves or others. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence applauded Gov. Baker and the Massachusetts legislature for enacting important legislation that will save lives and set an important example for other states to follow.
With more and more electoral candidates across the country placing gun safety at the hearts of their campaigns, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced its next set of endorsements for the 2018 election. These four candidates join the previously announced Brady-backed nominees.
Once again, a fatal shooting has left a community, this time in Annapolis, MD, in tears. With five confirmed dead and other details continuing to emerge, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued a statement expressing outrage at yet another mass shooting in America.
With the school year ending, it’s time for grades to be awarded. Today, the youth-led gun violence prevention group Team ENOUGH issued report cards on every single member of Congress, grading them on how they have - or have not - supported gun safety legislation.
In a decision that will resonate throughout America for decades to come, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the country’s high court. The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which has been the country’s staunchest defender of common sense gun laws for decades, vowed to continue its efforts to uphold gun safety legislation in the courts in the years ahead.
On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, finding for the first time that the Second Amendment gives law-abiding, responsible citizens the right to have a gun in the home for self-protection. While leaders in the gun lobby boasted that the decision would lead to the dismantling of gun safety regulations throughout the country, an examination of the legal landscape in a post-Heller world shows a far different reality.