Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
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BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON INCREASE IN FEDERAL GUN PROSECUTIONS BY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
WASHINGTON - Brady Campaign president Dan Gross issued the following statement on a Justice Department report that charges of unlawful possession of a gun are up by twenty-three percent in the second quarter of 2017 over the same period last year. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said most of those charged were previously convicted felons.
"This is welcome news from Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice. See, we all agree: fewer guns in the hands of dangerous people yields a safer America. But the effort to get guns off the streets can't end here. These prosecutions address only one part of the problem of easy access to guns by people who shouldn't have them. Prosecutors need to go after the bad apple gun dealers that funnel guns into dangerous hands in the first place. DOJ knows who the bad apple gun dealers are, based on databases that it refuses to make public. Without thorough investigations and decisive action against the dealers who fuel America's epidemic of gun violence, criminals will continue to have all-too-easy access to guns. Brady calls on DOJ to enforce all gun laws and stop the flow of crime guns to our cities."
Attorney General Session tied the surge of prosecutions to a memo he distributed earlier this year "directing federal prosecutors to prioritize taking illegal guns off our streets."
The promising development could be a slight counterweight to the department's so far less-than-stellar record on gun violence prevention. In the administration's opening weeks, the Department of Justice narrowed the interpretation of who can be viewed as a "fugitive from justice," allowing more people with open arrest warrants to buy guns.
Learn more about Brady's "Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers" campaign.
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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.