In an effort to improve the Brady background check system, and keep guns out of dangerous hands, Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order that will improve the state data contributions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence applauded the governor's leadership.
In the hours following a mass shooting this morning at a Nashville Waffle house, more details are emerging on the shooter's criminal background and how he obtained his guns following an arrest last year. Nashville police stated that the U.S. Secret Service worked with Illinois law enforcement to remove the killer's guns after taking him into custody in a restricted area near the White House. However, for reasons unknown, the shooter's father returned those firearms, including the AR-15 used in today's shooting.
Early this morning, a gunman shot and killed numerous people at a Nashville Waffle House with an assault weapon, killing at least four. With the shooter still at large, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence expressed outrage at the shooting, expressing sympathies to the victims and their families and calling for action to end these senseless acts of gun violence.
Today, students across the nation stood together in protest of ongoing gun violence in their schools and communities, making it clear that they intend to continue fighting and raising the issue in the months to come. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence praised the students taking part in the National School Walkout, noting that, in large part due to their efforts, gun safety has clearly become the top priority for the American public.
In a case filed by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin today unanimously held that Armslist.com, the largest online gun market, can be held liable for negligently facilitating illegal gun purchases through its website. This is the first decision by a court holding that Armslist can be held liable.
On the eve of the April 20th National School Walkout, new polling shows that a majority of teens in America now fear a shooting will take place at their own school. Leaders at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence expressed dismay at the findings, noting that the vast majority of teens - and their elders - support policies that would put an end to these fears.
Gun violence prevention advocates hailed Vermont leaders today for passing and signing common-sense legislation to make its citizens safer. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence thanked Gov. Phil Scott for signing legislation that, among other items, will expand background checks, raise age restrictions on gun purchases, and ban bump stocks.
A federal court in Massachusetts today rejected the gun lobby's challenge to the state's assault weapon ban, ruling that AR-15 and other assault weapons "fall outside the scope of the personal right to ‘bear Arms' under the Second Amendment." The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence hailed the decision, noting that US courts have repeatedly and consistently held that assault weapon bans are in fact constitutional.
Today in San Bruno, CA, yet another community was tragically impacted by gun violence as a shooter opened fire at the YouTube headquarters. With multiple patients received at local hospitals and new details still being reported by local authorities, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence expressed pain and anger over another shooting.
In the weeks since the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, youth advocates have proven that they are prepared to step forward in the effort to prevent gun violence in America. Today, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced a new initiative aimed at lifting up student voices through the midterms and beyond.