Washington, D.C., November 7, 2018 – Just one day after a Democratic majority was voted into the House of Representatives, promising stricter oversight and investigations into the Trump Administration’s actions, President Donald Trump effectively fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which had repeatedly called on AG Sessions to take stronger action against illegal gun sales, expressed concern over the future of the Justice Department and any future nominee.
Brady Campaign co-president Avery Gardiner stated,
“It’s clear that the story of the day will be the impact of Attorney General’s firing on Robert Mueller’s investigation, and any nominee must pledge that he or she will not interfere with the special counsel’s oversight and investigation in any way. But the Attorney General also plays a tremendous role in the oversight of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, a department that has failed to take action against countless gun dealers acting illegally. When we requested a meeting with AG Sessions to discuss the documents we received through our Freedom of Information Act request and our concerns about the illegal activity they reflect, we received nothing but silence.
“For a man who prides himself on ‘law and order’ and claimed to prioritize gun crimes, Sessions failed to take action that could make an immediate difference in our communities. Whoever leads the Justice Department cannot neglect the safety and security of the American public like this. We hope that our next Attorney General is able to address gun safety and oversight of the ATF in a comprehensive and meaningful way. It was sadly clear that our last one was unwilling to do so.”
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.