FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Max Samis, Press Secretary
Brady Campaign Applauds Extreme Risk Bill Signing in Massachusetts
Washington, D.C., July 3, 2018 - 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.
Brady Campaign co-presidents Kris Brown and Avery Gardiner stated:
“Massachusetts already has some of the strongest gun safety laws in the country, so passing this extreme risk bill proves an outstanding dedication by the state to protect its people from the injustices carried out by gun violence. We thank Gov. Baker and the Massachusetts legislature for putting its citizens first and making common-sense gun reform a top priority.”
Today’s bill signing makes Massachusetts the seventh state to enact an extreme risk law in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, FL.
Following the events of Parkland, the Brady Campaign’s three-point plan called for legislation to reduce gun violence, one of which included passing extreme risk laws. In addition to the state’s existing assault weapons ban and background check laws, Massachusetts has now enacted all parts of Brady’s three-point plan into law.
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced one of the largest national protests of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.