Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: September 10, 2015
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
McAULIFFE, KAINE AND WARNER JOIN EFFORT TO “FINISH THE JOB”
Joined by father of slain journalists, VA elected officials commit to expanding Brady background checks
Brady background checks have blocked more than 2.4 million prohibited purchases since 1994
WASHINGTON – There’s added momentum behind the Brady Campaign’s “Finish the Job” campaign as Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Mark Warner joined Andy Parker in vowing to do “whatever it takes” to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales. Parker is the father of Alison Parker, one of two Virginia journalists gunned down on live TV.
“We know exactly what it takes to stop gun violence: Finish the Job of expanding Brady background checks. We’re excited to see Gov. McAuliffe and Senators Kaine and Warner stepping forward to take leadership roles in passing legislation to stop gun violence,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “These are men of action and we look forward to working with them to Finish the Job the Brady Campaign started.”
Since 1994, Brady background checks have prevented more than 2.4 million prohibited purchasers from buying guns. But the law was passed before gun shows became big business and before the internet became ubiquitous. As a result, 40 percent of gun sales today don’t require background checks.
“Mr. Parker is exactly right; we need to do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop gun violence in America. We admire him for turning his pain into lifesaving action,” Gross continued. “Brady background checks save lives every day by keeping guns out of dangerous hands. Working with these leaders to finish the job will not only reduce gun violence in Virginia, but will save lives all across the country.”
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