DRAFT EXEC ORDER SENT TO TRUMP ON GUN VIOLENCE
Brady Campaign sends draft executive order reducing gun violence to the White House, needing only Trump's signature
WASHINGTON - The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has sent President Donald Trump a draft executive order to prevent gun violence in America. The straightforward policies outlined in the order would have a huge and equally immediate impact on the country's gun violence epidemic that claims 93 lives every day.
Brady president Dan Gross said, "President Trump's signature is the only thing missing from this executive order. It really is this easy to take the necessary steps toward keeping guns out of dangerous hands and actually making America safe again. During a meeting for Black History Month yesterday, President Trump declared he'd do what it takes to 'fix' Chicago and America's epidemic of gun violence. On a silver platter we're serving him up the opportunity to make good on those words. We should consider failure to adopt this executive order, or one like it, a promise unkept."
The full draft executive order is available online and below.
PROTECTING THE NATION FROM GUN VIOLENCE
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose.
Whereas 33,000 Americans are shot and killed with a gun each year, the United States must do more to prevent prohibited purchasers, being felons, fugitives, domestic abusers, terrorists and people who are a danger to themselves or others, from getting guns.
Sec. 2. Realignment, empowerment of ATF and other federal enforcement efforts to enforce the law and crack down on ‘bad apple' gun dealers. (a) Failure to enforce existing gun laws and regulations is a major obstacle to reducing and preventing gun violence. Whereas just 5% of gun dealers are responsible for selling nearly 90% of all crime guns recovered by law enforcement, ATF only inspects any given dealer, on average, once every 5 years. If violations are found, ATF has been largely unable to reform or shut those dealers down. (b) The attorney general should direct ATF and U.S. attorneys to, in a timely fashion, identify, investigate, and hold accountable ‘bad apple' gun dealers in violation of the law. The Justice Department will ensure that ATF has adequate resources to enforce existing laws regarding sales to prohibited purchasers, straw purchasing, gun trafficking, and black market commerce.
Sec. 3. Require all gun sales and transfers to go through a Federally Licensed Gun Dealer and be subject to a Brady background check. (a) The attorney general, in consultation with the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), shall immediately publish a directive requiring all gun sales and transfers to go through a federally licensed dealer and be subject to a Brady background check.
(b) Within 30 days the attorney general, in consultation with the Director of ATF, DNI, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), shall report to the President on procedure(s) to prohibit sales and transfers of firearms to known or suspected terrorists.
Sec. 4. Ensuring adequate access to resources for gun violence research. (a) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the attorney general, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Defense will direct their agencies and departments to collect, share, and analyze data on gun violence in the United States as a public health epidemic, in part to better inform its solutions. They are also to ensure the necessary funds made available and reasonably accessible for such research efforts.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE, 2017
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.