"If someone is not a convicted felon or hasn’t been found to be a danger to themselves due to mental illness and they believe they can handle a firearm, we support their right to purchase one.”
Well that sounds reasonable, right? To bad it contradicts the Brady Campaign's stated positions on their site and blogs:
POSITION: As a way to strengthen the Brady background check system, the Brady Campaign supports the Terror Gap bill.
PROBLEM: There is a gaping hole in our nation’s firearm laws that terrorists can exploit. Federal authorities can't stop sales of guns – including military-style assault weapons – by federally licensed gun dealers to known or suspected terrorists because of gaps in current law. Our definitions of those prohibited from purchasing guns from federally licensed dealers do no include those known as suspected terrorists.
THREAT: There is government-documented evidence that terrorists have armed themselves with guns purchased in the U.S.
URGENCY: This Terror Gap threatens our safety. We don’t want to wait until after a tragedy occurs. We can do something about it now.
SOLUTION: Congress must pass the bill to close the Terror Gap to stop known or suspected terrorists from buying guns.
So they want restrictions on people who have NOT been convicted of felonies or violent misdemeanors based off a list that has an over 30% error rate .
The Brady Campaign has also publicly opposed a bill allowing those who have been adjudicated by the courts and doctors as no longer mentally deficient to be allowed to possess firearms.
In light of what happened yesterday -- a violent attack by an emotionally unstable soldier -- it is even clearer that the proposal being pushed by Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina should be rejected. --Paul Helmke
So which is it Brady Campaign?