Pelosi Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Brady Bill


Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement to mark the 25th anniversary of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, signed into law by President Clinton on November 30, 1993:

“Twenty-five years ago, our nation made great progress in the fight against the tragedy of gun violence.  By enacting the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, we took a necessary first step toward ensuring that proper background checks prevent criminals, domestic violence offenders and those suffering from mental illness from purchasing a gun, and in the process saving countless lives.

“Yet, today, efforts to strengthen current law are long past due as the daily epidemic of gun violence continues to reap a devastating toll in communities across America.  In too many places, too many families still have to endure the suffering and heartache of gun violence, but Republicans in Washington refuse to lift a finger to stop the bloodshed. Today’s young leaders and activists have taken up the legacy of James and Sarah Brady to demand action and declare that ‘Enough is enough.’

“House Democrats stand with these committed, patriotic Americans in our shared mission to pass commonsense gun violence prevention legislation.  As we mark the 25th anniversary of the historic Brady Bill, the Democratic Majority will act to end this daily horror as we endeavor to build a safer, stronger and more just nation for all Americans.”

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