Brady Supported Bills
S.1324 & H.R.2841: The Disarm Hate Act
Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) reintroduced a bill, S.1324: The Disarm Hate Act, to prevent people convicted of particular misdemeanor hate crimes from being able to legally purchase firearms. S.1324 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for further consideration. Its companion bill, H.R. 2841 was reintroduced by Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) in the House on June 8, 2017. Similar to current federal background check procedures for domestic abusers, these companion bills would prevent individuals convicted of hate related violence and intimidation from obtaining a firearm--as they present a greater risk to commit more violent crimes.
Senator Casey and Rep. Cicilline sponsored similar bills in the 114th Congress as S.3053: The Hate Crimes Prevention Act and H.R. 4603: The Hate Crimes Prevention Act in response to the nation's worst mass shooting in June 2016 that left 49 dead and 53 injured at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Brady actually supports even stronger language that includes all misdemeanor hate crime convictions similar to what several states have enacted.
H.R. 3207 and S. 1539: Protecting Domestic Violence & Stalking Victims
Rep. Diane Dingell introduced H.R. 3207: Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act expands the scope of an "intimate partner" who may be subject to a restraining order for stalking. Sen. Klobuchar's companion bill is S. 1539: Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2017 and is co-sponsored by Senators Hirono and Feinstein.
S.1212 & H.R.2598: Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO)
S.1212: The Gun Violence Prevention Order (GVPO) Act of 2017, was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on May 24, 2017. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ed Markey (D-MA). Its companion bill, H.R. 2598: the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) Act of 2017 was introduced by Representative Salud Carbajal (D-CA24) on May 22nd in the House. The GVPO legislation enables law enforcement and family members to intervene when they suspect a person may use a firearm for violent purposes, including self-harm. This bill would help bridge a gap in existing law; there is currently no legal framework to allow family members and law enforcement professionals to take action when they suspect a potentially dangerous person has possession of a gun or the intent to purchase a gun.
S.1212 and H.R.2589 are based on current domestic violence laws that temporarily prohibit an individual from purchasing a firearm or ammunition where there is a preponderance of evidence they may become violent. Under a higher burden of proof, a court can also remove firearms or ammunition already in the possession of the individual in question. If passed, the GVPO Act of 2017 would create a new law enforcement grant under the Community Oriented Policing Services Program (COPS) at the DOJ and incentivize states to prioritize gun violence prevention measures.
H.R. 3464: Background Check Completion Act
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) has reintroduced legislation, H.R. 3464: Background Check Completion Act of 2017, to close the "Charleston" loophole, also referred to as delayed denials or default proceeds. Currently, federal law allows a licensed gun dealer to proceed with a sale even without a completed background check after three business days. HR3464 would prohibit dealers from transferring a firearm at any time before first receiving a confirmed background check approval. Analysis of a 2016 GAO report finds that on average two guns a day in America are transferred to a prospective buyer by a licensed dealer without first receiving a completed background check. Studies also show that the small percentage of prospective buyers who do not gain a completed background check within a few hours are 20-times more likely to ultimately fail the check and be identified as prohibited. The convicted shooter at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, who was also a white supremacist, was ultimately found to be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm by federal law.