PALM SPRINGS, DEFYING NRA, IGNORES THREATS AND PASSES GUN SAFETY BILLS | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

PALM SPRINGS, DEFYING NRA, IGNORES THREATS AND PASSES GUN SAFETY BILLS

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

For Immediate Release: September 8, 2016

Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org

Phone: 202-370-8131

PALM SPRINGS, DEFYING NRA, IGNORES THREATS AND PASSES GUN SAFETY BILLS

WASHINGTON, DC - When city council members in Palm Springs took action to reduce gun deaths in their city, the gun lobby got scared. Worried that politicians would want to keep guns away from dangerous people and from children in the home, the NRA lashed out. It sent a public letter, threatening expensive and lengthy lawsuits if the city were so brazen as to pass common sense gun safety legislation.

With no apparent desire to mask their brutally sophomoric strategy, the NRA told Palm Springs to “tread lightly” or risk exposing itself to “expensive and time consuming litigation.”

Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, responded to the NRA's letter saying, "For the NRA and the corporate gun lobby, these aren't the good old days anymore where money and exploitative politics were all you needed bully legislators.

"What happened last night is further evidence that we’re at a tipping point in the gun violence prevention movement. We're proud of Palm Springs for standing up to these threats, for proving that local politicians can't be bullied into endangering their communities just to line the gun lobby's pockets. It's the kind of backbone that every American wants and deserves from all elected officials.

"While the NRA threatens politicians with expensive lawsuits, the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project, in conjunction with our extensive pro bono network, has helped cities and states defend themselves against the NRA’s abusive lawsuits. As we saw this week and as we see every day in city halls and courtrooms nationwide, the gun lobby will push, push, push for a more dangerous world. But with the support of the American people, we're always pushing back. And we're winning."

 
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