TRUMP MARKED VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING 10 YEAR BY REPEALING A RULE IT INSPIRED | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

TRUMP MARKED VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING 10 YEAR BY REPEALING A RULE IT INSPIRED

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly@bradymail.org
Phone: 724-612-3453

TRUMP MARKED VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING 10 YEAR BY REPEALING A RULE IT INSPIRED

Brady Campaign releases report on progress and threats to Background Check system

WASHINGTON - The Social Security rule President Trump repealed this year was a critical piece of the 2008 law signed by President George W. Bush in response to the Virginia Tech shooting. Trump and Congress have literally marked the 10th anniversary of the shooting by repealing this rule required to comply with the law passed in its wake. The administration is assaulting the lifesaving Brady background check system at a time it's needed most.

In response to the Virginia Tech shooting, Congress passed and President Bush signed the bipartisan National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA). The NRA and the Brady Campaign both supported it. The new law helped to keep guns out of more dangerous hands, updated the Brady background check system, and spurred actions by ATF, the Veterans Administration, Social Security Administration and more than twenty states to better ensure reporting, notification and due process for those potentially covered in one of the nine prohibited categories for gun purchase, ownership or possession. It was the most significant piece of gun violence prevention legislation signed into law since the 1994 Brady Law, 23 years ago.

Brady Campaign president Dan Gross said, "Any words Trump or many in Congress might offer to remember this anniversary are as hollow as their tweets. Instead of rising to the challenge to keep us safe, they sunk to a new low by moving backwards. Change never happens overnight, and this is a fight for the long haul. This anniversary is a reminder of all the reasons we cannot for a moment give up our fight to Finish the Job and expand Brady background checks to all gun sales."

The Brady Campaign released an updated report on the success of Brady background checks and nationwide progress made since the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.

Notable report contents:

  • NICS Improvement Amendments Act after Virginia Tech...7
  • Impact of Brady Background Checks...8
  • 2017 Efforts to Rollback and Undermine Brady Background Checks...11
  • Closing Loopholes...14

Earlier this year, Congress passed and the administration approved measures to reverse a Social Security rule that would have prohibited mentally ill disability beneficiaries who are unable to administer their own benefits from purchasing guns, passed in response to the Virginia Tech shooting. The Trump DOJ also narrowed the interpretation of who can be viewed as a "fugitive from justice" for purposes of limiting gun purchases or possession.

The House also voted to remove more than 174,000 records of individuals the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has already reported to the Brady background check system. The small percentage of veterans reported by the VA are those individuals deemed "adjudicated mentally defective" under longstanding ATF and VA determinations of law, and codified by Congress as part of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act in December 2016. The Senate has not yet voted on the bill.

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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.