New rule will expand Brady Background Checks and close deadly loopholes
Washington, D.C., August 31, 2023 – Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced a new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) proposed rule that clarifies the definition of being “engaged in the business” of selling firearms. Last year, Brady, the author of the original Brady Background Check law, along with Giffords, released a memo urging ATF to provide clarity into who is engaged in the business of selling firearms under the changes made in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
Brady will be releasing an analysis of the proposed rule in the coming days:
Kris Brown, president of Brady, said:
“Clarifying the definition of ‘engaged in the business’ of selling firearms has been needed for decades. A clear definition will ensure that individuals selling firearms for profit will have to conduct background checks, getting us closer to universal background checks. This is especially true now that Congress updated the definition through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
“Today, more than 1 in 5 gun sales in the U.S. are conducted without a background check, amounting to millions of guns per year ending up in the hands of people who aren’t allowed to buy them. This rule expands requirements for gun dealers to become licensed and conduct background checks, closing a massive loophole in our live-saving background checks system. It is past time to ensure that anyone who sells firearms for profits is required to be licensed and that their sales of firearms are subject to a Brady Background Check.
“Brady looks forward to reviewing and commenting on this important and life-saving proposed rule.”
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.