Blog Roll: The Brady Bill
April 4, 2008
More often than not we write our blog articles about background checks in relation to employment. In my opinion one of the most important laws we have in place today is the Brady Bill. The Brady Bill while still flawed in many ways has brought the concept of background checks to the forefront. Officially called The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, it was signed into law by President Clinton in November of 1993. The act was named after James Brady, who was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.
According to bradycampaign.org, a group devoted to prevent gun violence, the US Department of Justice has released some new figures.
- Almost 1.5 million prohibited purchasers have been denied at the point of sale since 1994.
- Between 1999 and 2006, 11,058 denied purchasers were arrested by the authorities after they attempted to purchase a gun, with 1,314 arrests in 2006 alone.
- Nearly 40% of the denials in 2006 involved individuals with felony records attempting to purchase firearms. (In fact, 6 out of every 1,000 applications in 2006 were made by felons.)
- From 1999-2006, 183,714 NICS denials were appealed, or 15.5% of total denials during that period (almost 1.2 million), and of those appeals, only 65,695, or about 5.5% of total denials, were reversed.
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