Over $231 million in funding will help states implement extreme risk laws and other life-saving intervention programs
Washington, D.C., February 15, 2023 - Brady applauds the Biden-Harris Administration's announcement of more than $231 million in new funding to support crisis intervention projects, including extreme risk laws, safe storage programs and mental health and substance use treatment courts, aimed at reducing gun violence. The funding was appropriated by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which provided historic federal funding to fully and effectively implement life-saving policies and programs targeting those most at risk of violent behavior.
Brady President Kris Brown said:
"Brady commends the Biden-Harris Administration for taking this important step to reduce gun violence in our communities. We are one week removed from the State of the Union address where President Biden called for continued and increased action to address America’s gun violence crisis, yet we are again grappling as a nation with the horror of yet another mass shooting.
“This critical funding will help states implement effective crisis intervention programs to intervene before tragedy occurs, will be used to train law enforcement and educate the public about extreme risk protection orders, promote safe storage and will have a significant impact on the safety of communities across the country.
“Brady echoes President Biden’s sentiments that extreme risk protection laws, ‘could potentially have stopped shooters in Parkland and other tragedies,’ and has long-championed these laws as an effective tool in preventing gun violence.
“Brady will also continue to call on Congress to pass more significant policies that systematically address gun violence in all of its forms, including a ban on assault weapons and implementing background checks on all gun sales. This epidemic can only be remedied with comprehensive and meaningful action from policymakers at every level of government.”
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.