Last week, the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (NLEPPGV) joined the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Member of Congress, and families of shooting victims to recognize the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Brady Law. The law, which was named after James Brady (White House Press Secretary who was shot during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981), requires nationwide background checks for guns purchased through federally licensed firearms dealers. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence works to pass, enforce, and protect sensible laws and public policy that address gun violence at the federal and state levels by educating the community and increasing public awareness on the topic of guns and of gun violence.
As members of the NLEPPGV, the IACP is one of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations working to address the pervasive nature of gun violence and its impact on community and officer safety. During the press conference Chairman of the NLEPPGV, Chief Jim Johnson (Baltimore County, MD), of the Major Cities Chiefs Association recognized the Brady Law as being crucial in reducing firearm access to those that are not legally permitted to possess them, including criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. Since its enactment in 1994, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has recorded over 2.1 million blocked gun purchases including one million attempts by felons. About 291,000 denials were issued to domestic abusers, and another 118,000 purchases by fugitives were prevented due to background checks.
Brady Campaign President Dan Gross communicated the importance of background checks before the purchase of a firearm, stating that it is essential to reducing the gun violence. Additionally, the Brady Campaign released their latest report entitled 20 Years of Brady Background Checks: The Case for Finishing the Job to Keep America Safer.
According to Sarah Brady (wife of James Brady), “this report reflects the challenges we faced in passing the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act 20 years ago and the results prove our efforts were worth it.” The Brady Campaign’s mission now is to motivate “Congress to expand Brady background checks to make it harder for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns online, in classified advertisements, or at gun shows.”
For more information on the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, visit http://lepartnership.org. To view a copy of the IACP report, Taking A Stand: Reducing Gun Violence in Our Communities, click here. For more information on the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, visit http://www.bradycampaign.org.