The Brady Bill was passed in 1993 and required a background check gun purchases from federally licensed dealers. This prevents prohibited purchasers, such as felons, domestic abusers, and dangerously mentally ill people, from acquiring guns. However, 1 in 5 guns are not purchased through federally licensed dealers, and therefore do not require a background check.
The Brady Background Checks Expansion Act (S.2009/H.R.4240) would expand background checks to all gun sales, including over the internet and at gun shows. This way, prohibited purchasers would not be able to acquire a gun in any way. There have been 33,518 incidents of gun violence in 2018 alone. We can make a difference in 2019 by telling representatives that enough is enough.
ASSAULT WEAPON BAN
Assault weapons, paired with large capacity magazines, have long been the weapon of choice for mass shooters. Yet, our legislators do not feel the need to ban these military grade weapons. A review of mass shootings between 2009 and 2015 demonstrated that in shootings where assault weapons or large capacity magazines are used, 155% more people are shot and 47% more die compared to those without them.
The “Assault Weapon Ban of 2017" would ban the sale, manufacture, transfer, and importation of over 200 military-style assault weapons as well as high capacity magazines. The percentage of assault weapons recovered in major cities across the United States declined by over 30% after the ban was adopted. It's time to protect children, not guns. Tell your representatives to support this bill!