Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON CLEVELAND POLICE UNION CALLING FOR MORATORIUM ON OPEN CARRY
WASHINGTON - Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement after the Cleveland, Ohio police union asked Gov. John Kasich to suspend open carry of firearms during the Republican National Convention:
“We support the Cleveland police union’s request to suspend open carry of firearms during the Republican National Convention. The RNC has already determined it’s too dangerous to allow convention goers to carry firearms inside the convention center. Limiting open carry outside the event seems a natural next step, especially given the heightened tensions in our nation and today’s tragedy in Baton Rouge.
“As Dallas Police Chief David Brown said after the ambush in Dallas last week, open carry means ‘we don't know who the good guy is versus who the bad guy is if everybody starts shooting.’ Law enforcement officers are public servants who risk their lives every day to protect us and who will be working hard to ensure public safety during the convention. Gov. Kasich owes it to law enforcement—and the public—to eliminate the obvious additional risk presented by allowing anyone to carry a gun anywhere any time outside the convention, particularly when 40 percent of gun sales happen with no Brady background check to ensure the purchaser isn’t a dangerous felon, domestic abuser, or a person who might harm themselves or others. Given Ohio’s lax gun laws, which already put law enforcement at additional risk, it’s the least Kasich can do.”
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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.