FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Max Samis, Press Secretary
Brady Campaign on Firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Washington, D.C., November 7, 2018 – Just one day after a Democratic majority was voted into the House of Representatives, promising stricter oversight and investigations into the Trump Administration’s actions, President Donald Trump effectively fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which had repeatedly called on AG Sessions to take stronger action against illegal gun sales, expressed concern over the future of the Justice Department and any future nominee.
Brady Campaign co-president Avery Gardiner stated,
“It’s clear that the story of the day will be the impact of Attorney General’s firing on Robert Mueller’s investigation, and any nominee must pledge that he or she will not interfere with the special counsel’s oversight and investigation in any way. But the Attorney General also plays a tremendous role in the oversight of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, a department that has failed to take action against countless gun dealers acting illegally. When we requested a meeting with AG Sessions to discuss the documents we received through our Freedom of Information Act request and our concerns about the illegal activity they reflect, we received nothing but silence.
“For a man who prides himself on ‘law and order’ and claimed to prioritize gun crimes, Sessions failed to take action that could make an immediate difference in our communities. Whoever leads the Justice Department cannot neglect the safety and security of the American public like this. We hope that our next Attorney General is able to address gun safety and oversight of the ATF in a comprehensive and meaningful way. It was sadly clear that our last one was unwilling to do so.”
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.