Washington, D.C., April 10, 2023 – At least five people, including the shooter, have been killed and eight others were injured in a mass shooting at Old National Bank in downtown Louisville, Ky. The shooter used an AR-15 style rifle in the shooting, according to federal law enforcement. Since the federal assault weapons ban sunset in 2004, there have been 34 instances in which an assault weapon was used in a high profile mass shooting. Brady has long advocated for a renewal of the federal assault weapons ban.

Kris Brown, president of Brady, said:

“This horrific shooting is exactly why AR-15 style weapons and assault weapons have no place in our communities. These weapons of war were designed for the battlefield and to kill as many people as quickly as possible, which is why they are the weapon of choice for mass shooters. Preventable tragedies like this are why other developed countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia, have banned these weapons for civilian use.
“It does not have to be this way. But until the gun industry no longer has a vice grip on our elected officials, this will continue to be our daily reality.”

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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