For Immediate Release
Statement On House Vote That Threatens Public Safety in Nation's Capital
WASHINGTON - Paul
Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued
the following statement about the House of Representatives' vote to
second-guess the District of Columbia's elected officials and
substitute their own views on the appropriate local gun laws in the
"This legislation will endanger public safety in a city that is already a target for terrorists. It
will allow dangerous people to stockpile dangerous weapons and it will
make it harder for the people of D.C. to combat gun violence in their
a time when we should be taking common sense steps to protect Americans
and their families from gun violence, this is a step in the opposite
direction. The United States Senate should not allow this dangerous bill to move forward.
of allowing the gun lobby to weaken gun laws in our Nation's Capital,
Congress should be strengthening our woefully inadequate Federal gun
laws by requiring background checks for all gun sales, including at gun
shows; closing the gap that gives known or suspected terrorists an
opening to buy guns; and giving law enforcement more tools to fight
illegal gun trafficking."
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