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Brady Center Applauds Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rulings on Second Amendment

WASHINGTON - Paul Helmke,
President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which filed
amicus briefs in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in both
Commonwealth v. Runyan and Commonwealth v. DePina, released the
following statement on the Court’s rulings:

“The gun lobby’s
argument that the Second Amendment gives gun owners the right to place
children at risk by leaving unsecured guns in the home was
appropriately rejected.  Courts must continue to reject efforts by the
gun lobby and gun criminals to strike down common sense gun laws that
save lives.”  

Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott
Harshbarger and the law firm Proskauer Rose represented the Brady
Center and other groups filing the briefs pro bono.  Groups on the
briefs were the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, International
Brotherhood of Police Officers, Legal Community Against Violence,
Massachusetts Chiefs of Police, Massachusetts Million Mom March Chapter
of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Stop Handgun



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