Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
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RAHM EMANUEL CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST 'BAD APPLE' GUN DEALERS IN PUBLIC SAFETY ADDRESS
Emanuel endorses Brady-backed gun dealer licensing bill
90% of crime guns are traced back to just 5% of gun dealers, according to Brady report
WASHINGTON - In his public safety address tonight, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Brady's campaign against 'bad apple' gun dealers, calling on politicians and citizens to rally around proposed legislation to hold accountable gun dealers that flood Illinois' streets with guns.
"Thousands of guns recovered by the Chicago Police Department can be traced back to just a handful of stores," Emanuel said. "And some of these stores continue to sell to people who used those guns in previous crimes. This proposed new state licensing law for gun stores will allow local law enforcement to inspect business records, require safety measures, and train store employees to detect traffickers."
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, applauded Emanuel's words, "We at the Brady Campaign appreciate Mayor Emanuel's shared commitment to our relentless war against "bad apple" gun dealers. Doing something real about Chicago's devastating gun violence problem begins by cracking down on the small handful of unscrupulous dealers that are supplying most of the crime guns. Every day, these "bad apples" are skirting the law, selling guns to criminals, straw purchasers and gun traffickers and flooding the streets of cities like Chicago with crime guns. One area dealer, Chuck's Gun Shop, sold more than 1,500 guns used in Chicago crimes in just a four year span, while the average number of crime guns sold by other dealers in the area over the same period was only three. Just by shutting down or reforming a few of these "bad apple" dealers we could make the city of Chicago significantly safer and less violent almost over night."
Mayor Emanuel has worked with the Brady Campaign before, leading a letter with Mayors Bill de Blasio and Eric Garcetti and signed by nearly 120 other mayors calling on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to take action against "bad apple" dealers. For more information about "bad apple" gun dealers in Illinois and across the nation, read the Brady Campaign's new report: The Truth About Gun Dealers in America.
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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.