Congress, once again, has the opportunity to save lives by passing newly introduced legislation to expand Brady background checks to cover all sales online and at gun shows.
On January 7, a federal grand jury in Cincinnati indicted Michael Hoyt, a bartender who had told police in October that he believed he was Jesus Christ, and that he had a loaded .380 Beretta handgun, with which he planned to shoot House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Brady background checks on gun purchases have blocked 2.4 million sales to dangerous people since the inception of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, according to data released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Writer, Director and Producer Adam McKay today launched a video, website and scorecard exposing members of Congress for the campaign dollars they have taken from the corporate gun lobby, while blocking life-saving legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
“A dangerous man was allowed to carry a loaded gun virtually anywhere, and he ultimately murdered 17-year-old Jordan Davis. For too long, Florida's politicians have been doing the bidding of the corporate gun lobby at the expense of the public's safety."
Websites that supplied Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes with ammunition, body armor, tear gas and other equipment used in his assault were negligent, according to a lawsuit announced today by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Arnold & Porter LLP.
The seller of the gun used to kill Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox is liable for his death, according to a complaint filed today by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Dechert LLP, which are providing pro bono counsel.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, joined by community leaders, today launched a national initiative utilizing protests, petitions, a code of conduct and lawsuits to “Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers” that turn a blind eye to gun traffickers, straw purchasers and criminals, and flood our nation’s streets with guns used in crimes.
California’s state legislature passed the “Gun Violence Restraining Order (AB 1014),” legislation that would allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to remove firearms from someone temporarily if they believe there is a risk of injury or death. The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Brown for his signature.
Today the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that illegal possession of any firearm is a violent felony under federal sentencing law.