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Statement of Paul Helmke on Senate Rejection of Thune Amendment


Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence, issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate rejecting
an amendment to a Defense bill authored by Senator John Thune (R-SD)
related to concealed weapons permits:

"The United States Senate today defeated a dangerous
proposal that would have undermined public safety and the safety of our
police officers
. This proposal would have let people from
states with the weakest gun laws in the nation carry hidden, loaded
weapons in states with much stronger gun laws. It was a profoundly bad

"I'm grateful for the leadership in this fight of Senators including
Richard Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, Charles
Schumer of New York and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. I
am hopeful that our Congress will now start addressing proactive
measures to reduce gun violence in this country by doing things like
requiring background checks for all gun sales, particularly at gun shows
. We make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons in America."

Brady United formerly known as The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affiliate, the Brady Campaign and its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence. We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.