Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: June 11, 2015
Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson [at] bradymail [dot] org
Important New Study Shows Effectiveness of Brady Background Checks
Brady Campaign Supports New Congressional Legislation to Incentivize States to Expand Brady Background Checks
WASHINGTON -- Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, united with the Million Mom March, stated:
“We are very pleased to see this study in the American Journal of Public Health. It shows the tremendous opportunity we have to prevent gun deaths and make all of us safer just by keeping guns out of the wrong hands through good policy like expanded background checks. As the study shows, Connecticut’s permit law that requires a background check on all handgun sales, including at gun shows and online, is associated with a 40 percent drop in the state’s gun homicide rate. This study follows earlier research which showed a startling increase in murder and gun homicide in Missouri when expanded background checks were removed in the state.
“Make no mistake, Brady background checks save lives. Eighteen states have laws that expand background checks. We’ll work state by state until Congress gets the message and finishes the job to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales.
“This study also shows why we so strongly support new Congressional legislation (“Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act”), introduced by U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen to provide vital funding to states to expand Brady background checks.”