Today’s Quinnipiac University Poll found that 92 percent of American voters, including 92 percent of gun owners, support requiring background checks on all gun purchases. The poll also showed 86 percent of Republicans support background checks.
The California Senate today passed legislation that will close a loophole that has allowed gun dealers to skirt California law and sell handguns without child safety features. The legislation is a priority bill of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and now goes to the Governor’s desk.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, will mark tomorrow, the first day of summer, as National ASK Day (Asking Saves Kids). ASK Day reminds parents and caregivers the importance of asking if there are unlocked or loaded guns in the homes where children play.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today 5 - 4 that it is a federal crime to buy a gun on behalf of someone else in a “straw purchase.” The Court ruled in Abramski v. U.S. that purchasing a gun with the intent to sell it to someone else is an illegal attempt to evade the Brady law, which requires that the actual buyer of a gun undergo a background check.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) results this week. The new numbers indicate a shocking number of high school students are carrying weapons at school, away from school and being threatened while on school grounds.
Today the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is calling on Congress to vote on legislation that would expand background checks to all gun sales.
“Today’s tragic shooting in Oregon is at least the fourth mass shooting in our nation in the last two weeks, the third involving a school."
“In March, we said Facebook’s new gun policy didn’t go far enough and we are sickened to learn that the Las Vegas shooter attempted to obtain a rifle through Facebook. The post has remained live on Facebook for a month, demonstrating the inadequacy of Facebook’s gun policy. As we said then, Facebook continues to make it too easy for dangerous people to find guns and should prohibit gun sales outright."
Another day, another tragic mass shooting in our nation.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to increase funding for the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Checks System) for firearm purchases.