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The Brady Campaign Joins Sen. Chris Murphy in Introducing Legislation to Expand the Popular Brady Background Check System To Nearly All Gun Sales

S.2009 includes 21 original co-sponsors

Washington D.C., October 25, 2017 — Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) today introduced important new legislation, co-sponsored by 21 of his colleagues, to save lives and keep firearms out of dangerous hands by expanding the Brady background check system to virtually all gun sales.

"This is an important next step toward a comprehensive background check system," said Brady Campaign Co-President Kris Brown. "Jim and Sarah Brady fought hard to pass the original Brady background check law so that all of us could live in a safer America. Because of their hard work, over 3 million firearm sales to dangerous and prohibited purchasers have been stopped. Still, it is tragic that over the years, new venues for gun sales over the internet and at gun shows have threatened to erode some of the protections the Brady law provides. S. 2009 will correct that by expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales."

At least one in five guns today is sold without a background check. Senator Murphy's bill seeks to ensure that the sale or transfer of firearms between two individuals in venues including gun shows and the internet will be subject to a background check.

"This is old-fashioned common sense. People who can't pass a background check shouldn't be able to buy a gun and endanger your loved ones," said Sen. Murphy. "More than 90 percent of Americans support stronger background checks, and it's time for Congress to listen."

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act passed in 1993 by a broad bipartisan vote after years of effort by Brady Campaign leaders Jim and Sarah Brady. In subsequent years, the creation of the Internet and the proliferation of gun shows has resulted in an expanded unregulated marketplace for the sale of guns by private sellers -- complete strangers -- not subject to the requirement to conduct a federal background check. Additionally, NRA-backed legislation has already barred names from being submitted to NICS by federal agencies, and threatens to result in the removal of more names of at-risk individuals from the national background check system. While Congress has failed to act since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, several states have expanded their background check systems to virtually all gun sales to the point that nearly 50% of Americans now live in states where Brady background checks are required for all gun sales.

As of today, Brady background checks have prevented the sale of more than 3 million guns to dangerous people. Enhancing these protections is our best defense to ensuring the safety of all Americans, and Murphy's bill is an important step in that direction.

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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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