As mourners gather today for a national vigil remembering the victims of gun violence, the U.S. House of Representatives passed NRA-backed legislation making it easier for felons, domestic abusers, and untrained citizens to carry loaded, hidden guns anywhere in the nation.
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send a dangerous bill on guns, known as concealed carry reciprocity, to the House floor, where it could be voted on at any time. The Committee's vote was on party lines. In finalizing the bill, the Committee rejected proposed amendments which included measures to establish a minimum age to carry concealed guns, protect state laws that prohibit carrying concealed guns in bars, and require background checks for all gun sales.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence today responded to the introduction of the Fix NICS Act of 2017 by Senators John Cornyn (R-Tex) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn), which seeks to strengthen the reporting of prohibited purchasers, including domestic abusers, by state and federal agencies into our nation’s background check system.
This morning, as the Connecticut Supreme Court took up a lawsuit brought on behalf of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, a gunman opened fire near an elementary school in northern California.
According to exit polls, gun violence prevention was one of the most important issues for voters in a closely watched election in Virginia, where Brady-endorsed candidate Ralph Northam soundly defeated his NRA-backed opponent in the Gubernatorial race.
New information just reported by the Air Force show what many had feared: the killer in the Texas church mass shooting on Sunday was known to be dangerous, but because of gaps in our background check system, he was able to buy guns and kill people.
Two of the five deadliest mass shootings in American history occurred in the last 35 days. Three of them occurred in the last 17 months. In response to Sunday's shooting, the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence has begun to review, research and investigate how the Texas shooter was able to obtain his guns in light of his legal history.
According to news reports, a gunman entered a church this morning in a small town near San Antonio, Texas and opened fire. He killed 26 people and wounded 20 more. Brady is monitoring the situation carefully.
Today, Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2017, which will expand Brady background checks to cover all commercial firearm sales including those sold at gun shows, over the Internet at sites like ArmsList.com and in classified ads.
The NCADV and the Brady Center have focused on educating policy makers and the public about the deadly mix of domestic violence and firearms, and policy solutions that can be enacted to address this issue and save lives.