A Conversation on Preventing Gun Violence with Chairman Adam Schiff
Brady President Kris Brown sat down with Rep. Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to discuss his work in the 116th Congress to move the issue of gun safety forward and his legislative priorities for ending the epidemic of gun violence in America.
About Rep. Schiff
Congressman Adam Schiff represents California’s 28th Congressional District, and throughout his tenure in Congress he has focused on growing the economy, bolstering national security, helping small businesses, and improving education, safety and health care for our children. In his 10th term in the House of Representatives, Schiff currently serves as the Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and is on leave from the House Appropriations Committee.
Schiff is a vocal advocate for gun reform, supporting multiple efforts to address gun safety. He voted to pass two historic gun reform bills in the House of Representatives last year; the first requiring background checks for every gun sale or transfer, and the second to close the Charleston loophole, providing the FBI additional time to complete background check investigations for firearm sales. He supports laws limiting access to assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and prohibitions on making firearms at home outside of the background check system. Finally, he is the author to the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, which would ensure that the victims of gun violence are allowed to have their day in court and that the gun industry is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety.
Before he was elected to Congress, Schiff served as State Senator for California’s 21st State Senate District, chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Joint Committee on the Arts. He previously served with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for six years, most notably prosecuting the first FBI agent ever to be indicted for espionage.
Adam graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School. He and his wife Eve (yes, it’s true – Adam and Eve) have two children, a daughter, Alexa, and a son, Elijah.
About Kris Brown
Kris Brown, President at Brady, combines a lifelong background in policy, law, and grassroots activism with considerable strategic management expertise to help forge the direction of the organization’s programs and ensure the successful impact of its national and field assets. A veteran of gun violence prevention work, Ms. Brown started her career on Capitol Hill working for Rep. Jim Moran, advocating for the bill that would eventually become the groundbreaking Brady Bill requiring background checks on federally licensed gun sales. Ms. Brown has also served as the Chief Legal Officer to a publicly traded company based in Switzerland and as a lawyer practicing at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. She lives in Arlington, VA, with her two teenage daughters.