Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: August 31, 2015
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
Brady Campaign Announces Support for H.R. 3411
Strongest Gun Violence Prevention Bill in Congress
Expands Brady Background Checks, Strengthens National Instant Check System
WASHINGTON – The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced its strong support of H.R. 3411, a bill introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., to reduce gun violence. H.R. 3411 would expand Brady background checks to all gun sales and urge states to submit more records of prohibited purchasers to the National Instant Check System (NICS).
“The Brady Campaign’s goal is to cut gun deaths in half by 2025. While there are other good bills that have been introduced in Congress, H.R. 3411 stands out as the strongest,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "Of course, proposals alone won't get us anywhere if Congress continues to sit on its hands. Expanding Brady background checks enjoys strong support in Congress and among the American public. If members of Congress listened to the people who elected them instead of the gun lobby and took a vote, we are confident we would win this battle and start saving lives. Any member of Congress who is serious about keeping guns out of dangerous hands should cosponsor this legislation and demand a vote.”
Brady background checks have blocked 2.4 million gun sales to dangerous people including felons, domestic abusers, and fugitives. However, The Brady Law went into effect in 1994 - before gun shows became big business and before the internet took off. Now as many as 40 percent of all gun sales go unchecked, many of which are made at gun shows and online.
Gross continued, “We look forward to working with allies in Congress who are committed to putting an end to gun violence and call on congressional leaders to stop stalling and take a vote so we can Finish the Job the Brady Law started.”
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