The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence today announced that it is prepared to file suit in federal court against Missouri’s law that criminalizes enforcement of federal gun regulations and declares them null and void within the state. The state legislature will hold votes today to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the legislation, HB 436.
Keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people remains a top-priority in California, including closing loopholes in the current law that allow criminals to buy ammunition without a background check.
Today the Obama Administration locked one backdoor used to get around Brady background checks. The Executive Orders issued by the Obama Administration and ATF begin to plug a growing hole in our nation’s Brady background check system and help limit the availability of military-grade weapons in the United States.
Singer Tony Bennett, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma in 1965, will perform at the “Realize the Dream” rally as part of the Voices Against Violence (VAV) campaign on Saturday, August 24th at the Lincoln Memorial.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the City of Nelson, Georgia have agreed to settle the Brady Center’s lawsuit against the City’s mandatory gun ownership ordinance. Under the settlement, the City will amend the ordinance to make clear that the Constitution protects the individual right to maintain a gun-free home.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement on the veto of important gun safety measures by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: "The Governor had a tremendous opportunity to regulate high powered weapons and to improve the firearm permitting system but vetoed these bills and other important measures, ignoring the overwhelming voice and safety of the people of New Jersey.
On August 5, 2012, six members of the Sikh Temple were killed and four where injured in a horrific mass shooting. Today, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence honors the memory of those who died. “We cannot tolerate hate crimes and as a nation, we must dedicate ourselves to preventing incidents of gun violence. We were heartbroken when we learned of the shooting at the Sikh Temple. The victims were peaceably gathering in a sacred place and were senselessly gunned down. Our thoughts were with the families of the victims, as they are again today,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
In yet another court victory for sensible gun laws, a federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld New Jersey’s restrictions on the carrying of concealed firearms. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Drake v. Filko rejected the arguments of the Second Amendment Foundation and the New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs Association that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a weapon, and agreed with arguments by the Brady Center that the law requiring that permit applicants demonstrate a “justifiable need to carry a handgun” is Constitutional. The Third Circuit with this decision joined the First, Second and Fourth Circuits in rejecting corporate gun lobby arguments that the Second Amendment prevents states from restricting the carrying of loaded firearms in public.
(Washington, DC)— Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement on the successful confirmation of Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) by the United States Senate today: “The American people have spoken and the United States Senate has listened. For years, we have called for permanent leadership at the ATF and action on the nomination of Todd Jones. Today we can finally say the agency responsible for enforcing our gun laws will have a permanent director with the leadership skills to help in the fight to prevent gun violence....
On Friday, July 19, 2013, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the case Shirley v. Glass (Case No. 102570), finding that gun dealers must use the highest standard of care when selling weapons, and that dealers can be held liable for violating gun laws under negligence per se. Both rulings were first-of-their kind decisions in the state of Kansas. Jonathan Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center, argued the case and praised the ruling as a “landmark victory that will help victims of gun violence in Kansas and across the country.”