BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA SMART GUN STANDARDS
WASHINGTON - Today President Obama announced new standards for smart guns used by law enforcement. The move follows through on promises made in January's set of executive actions, and the administration hopes it fast-tracks the development and availability of smart gun technology.
It also gives the federal government the opportunity to lead the way for states and municipalities to pursue similar technology in their procurements.
Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement:
"We applaud President Obama for following through on his commitment to the American people in promoting 21st century gun violence prevention strategy. The greatest opportunity to prevent gun violence lies in keeping guns out of the wrong hands in the first place - and smart guns are one way to do that. Not only do we need to make sure domestic abusers, felons, and terrorists can’t fire bullets and take lives, we need to protect the most vulnerable Americans: children. Every day, children who shouldn't have access guns in the first place are killed by accident. We can stop many of those tragedies. When smart guns meet smart policy, there's real potential to save lives. President Obama's historic executive actions have expressed the priorities of an administration that understands the American people's appetite for sensible gun safety reform."
The Brady Campaign filed comments in support of the draft specifications earlier this year.
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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.