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BRADY CAMPAIGN ISSUES QUESTIONS FOR JUDGE GORSUCH

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly@bradymail.org
Phone: 724-612-3453

BRADY CAMPAIGN ISSUES QUESTIONS FOR JUDGE GORSUCH

WASHINGTON - The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced the four questions about gun violence Judge Neil Gorsuch must be able to answer during his confirmation process for the post of U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

The right of all Americans to not be shot does not and should not ever take a back seat to a felon, fugitive, domestic abuser, or other dangerous person's access to guns. Judge Gorsuch must demonstrate to the American people next week that he will respect their right to safety as much as the gun lobby's right to exorbitant profits.

  1. Federal courts have overwhelmingly found the 2nd Amendment right is not unlimited, and that cities, states and the federal government have the ability to regulate and restrict the exercise of that right with lifesaving gun violence prevention policies. Do you agree that the 2nd Amendment right is not unlimited or absolute, that it does not trump other constitutional rights, and that it is subject to reasonable limitations for public safety?
  2. The overwhelming majority of Americans support laws that prevent dangerous people – including felons, domestic abusers, fugitives and people who may be a danger to themselves or others – from buying guns. Courts have consistently held such laws constitutional. Your minority views in at least two 10th Circuit cases suggest you believe some felons and domestic abusers should have the right to buy or possess guns. Do you believe current federal law requiring Brady background checks for gun sales from licensed dealers, and prohibiting certain people from completing gun purchases, is constitutional?
  3. Justice Scalia wrote that “laws regulating the storage of firearms to prevent accidents,” are constitutional, but the NRA's legal team claims requiring gun owners to lock guns out of children's reach violates fundamental American values. Further, Congress, state legislatures, and the gun industry itself have consistently attempted to create special protections to avoid liability for negligent manufacture, marketing, sale or storage of such potentially lethal products. Do you believe that the 2nd Amendment protects gun owners and/or gun industry participants with immunities or protections from liability for negligence?
  4. This Congress is expected to consider a law that would limit the rights of states to pass laws, such as permitting requirements to carry loaded, hidden guns in public. Do you believe states have the ability to develop gun laws to keep their citizens safe?

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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 the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.