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By Providence (R.I.) Sunday Journal | March 28, 1991
CONGRESS should enact, and President Bush should sign, the so-called Brady Bill, which would require a weeklong waiting period before dealers could deliver handguns to buyers. During this delay, police could check records to see if the purchaser has a criminal record. Some people would be stopped from acting on violent, momentary impulses.More than 20,000 Americans are killed by handguns every year. Common sense tells us that some of those lives could have been saved if legislation similar to the Brady Bill had been on the books.
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February 5, 2013
Is there no end of opportunities to challenge those who would restrict, curtail, register and eventually confiscate the guns of law-abiding citizens? ("In gun control, no easy fix for Baltimore's violence," Jan. 27.) I would ask gun-control advocates whether they believe in and support the law. I'm certain the great majority of them would say yes. Then I would ask: Did you know that the so-called government gun buy-backs" are illegal - since they are illegal transmission of weapons, with one of the defendants being the government.
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NEWS
May 16, 1991
The Brady bill is a third of the way to becoming law. The House of Representatives has approved it. The next third is Senate passage. Then the president must sign the measure. If gun control advocates really want enactment, it is now theirs for the asking.There is a catch. In return for a promise not to veto the bill, President Bush wants Brady in a crime package that includes some controversial measures. The president wants the law to allow the use of certain improperly-seized evidence in criminal trials.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 28, 1997
WASHINGTON -- A deeply divided Supreme Court nullified key parts of the Brady gun-control law yesterday, blocking Congress' move to require state and local officials in all states to help prevent criminals from buying handguns.Congress has no power to force states to carry out federal law, the court ruled 5-4 in striking down the Brady Act's demand that local police conduct a background check on anyone who wants to buy a handgun. Such checks could reveal whether potential buyers are ineligible under federal law to buy handguns because they have criminal records, are drug users or illegal aliens or have mental defects.
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By Charles Holmes and Charles Holmes,Cox News Service | May 8, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Using House rules to its advantage, the National Rifle Association and its allies may be able to block a long-awaited House vote today on a bill to create a national seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases.Under procedural rules adopted yesterday by a House committee, advocates of the so-called Brady bill must first kill a competing measure backed by the NRA in the House floor showdown over gun control. The alternative, to be offered by Representative Harley O. Staggers Jr., D-W.Va.
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By Ronald Reagan | April 3, 1991
ANNIVERSARY" is a word we usually associate with happy events that we like to remember: birthdays, weddings, the first ,, job. Last Saturday, however, marked an anniversary I would just as soon forget, but cannot.It was on that day 10 years ago that a deranged young man standing among reporters and photographers shot a policeman, Secret Service agent, my press secretary and me on a Washington sidewalk.I was lucky. The bullet that hit me bounced off a rib and lodged in my lung, an inch from my heart.
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January 6, 1991
From: Normand A. PelissierJoppaAs our new U.S. Representative Wayne Gilchrest, R-1st, takes his new seat in Congress later this month, he will be confronted by a number of urgent domestic issues, including measures to reduce violent crime. One bill that will reduce the gun violence plaguing our streetsis the Brady Bill -- a national seven-day waiting period for handgunpurchases.Just four days before Christmas, a co-worker of mine lost her brother. He was killed with a gun by a good friend during an argument.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | December 1, 1993
WASHINGTON -- In signing the Brady bill requiring a five-day waiting period on the sale of handguns, President Clinton called it "step one in taking our streets back." It may be no more than that, but considering the carnage that handguns cause in the country -- one shooting every 20 minutes, Clinton said -- a first step has been sorely needed.It has been a national disgrace that it has taken so long to achieve enactment -- more than 12 years after Jim Brady, its namesake, was felled in the hail of bullets intended to kill, and nearly did kill, President Ronald Reagan.
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By ROGER SIMON | November 26, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The backers of the Brady bill almost fell into a trap of their own making.From its inception, the Brady bill has been a mild form of gun control.A waiting period before one can buy a handgun is not expected to wipe out crime in America.But the very moderation of the Brady bill accounts for some of its popularity:A recent Louis Harris Poll showed that 89 percent of all Americans favor the Brady bill and a Gallup Poll showed that even 80 percent of gun owners favor it.The bill, finally passed by Congress on Wednesday, gives authorities five working days to see if a potential handgun purchaser is a felon, escaped convict, etc.Originally, however, the Brady bill was conceived of as a cooling off period to keep anybody, even non-felons, from buying a handgun in the heat of passion.
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By Cokie & Steven V. Roberts | May 5, 1995
DANNY WAS the child of old friends, a college student in a small New England town. One day several years ago he walked && into a gun shop, bought a weapon over the counter, and killed himself in the parking lot. He wasn't even old enough to a buy a beer legally. But a gun? That was OK.That young man might well be alive today if the Brady bill had been in force at the time, requiring a five-day waiting period for the purchase of a handgun. Under intense pressure from the National Rifle Association, the Brady bill was amended in Congress to phase out the waiting period over five years, once states have the technical expertise to subject all gun buyers to an instant check.
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By Ed Brandt and Ed Brandt,Staff Writer | December 19, 1993
Marylanders are continuing to buy handguns and assault weapons in large numbers even as the forces for and against gun control gather their arguments for legislative battles to come.Gun registrations this year are up 12.8 percent through November compared to all of 1992, on top of a 15.6 increase last year over 1991, according to Sgt. Bernard Shaw, supervisor of firearms licensing for the Maryland State Police.Sergeant Shaw said that he expects to have registered more than 35,000 guns by the end of the year.
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December 12, 1993
The Brady Bill Isn't The AnswerOf all the issues that concern the American people today, violent crime has to be one of the most critical. The phenomenal rise in violence over the past 20 to 25 years has to be approaching crisis proportions, not just in the inner cities, but everywhere.There are many factors that contributed to this situation, not the least of which was the 1960s assault on our moral and religious standards that had long guided traditional American family units. This led to far-reaching decay of sexual mores, as well as the sense of personal responsibility and respect for others.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | December 11, 1993
WASHINGTON -- It may be too early to suggest that America has at last turned the corner on the gun madness that has increasingly terrorized its citizens and baffled the rest of the civilized world in its tolerance of the self-inflicted mayhem.But the passage of the Brady bill, though criticized by many as not going nearly far enough in inhibiting wanton gun purchases, did demonstrate that overwhelming public opinion can overcome the most strenuous opposition of well-heeled special interests, in this case the National Rifle Association, the driving force in the gun lobby.
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By Los Angeles Times | December 10, 1993
WASHINGTON -- By a 2-1 margin, Americans back President Clinton's vow to challenge the National Rifle Association and seek tighter gun control laws, according to a new Times Mirror poll.The poll released yesterday also found that by a margin of 57 percent to 29 percent, the public approves of the way that Mr. Clinton has handled the issue of controlling handguns. The results are based on a survey conducted Dec. 2-5, immediately after the president signed the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period on handgun purchases.
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December 9, 1993
Wake Up CallCongratulations. You just brought me to my senses. Mike Littwin's Nov. 29 column on the Brady Bill reminded me of the gun control advocates' true intentions (although I have known it all along). You do not want gun control; you want gun abolition.Mr. Littwin is correct in saying the Brady Bill will have little effect in saving lives. Mr. Littwin is also factual in stating few people have any knowledge about the Brady Bill. In fact, I suspect only a minority of Marylanders are aware of the state's long-standing seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases.
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By Mary McGrory | December 9, 1993
THE signing of the Brady bill last week was a high gala at the White House East Room. The Marine Band, tears, mayors, police chiefs, James and Sarah Brady, gracious as ever at a long-delayed triumph, were all present.A huge send-off for such a modest response to 70 million handguns, you would say. The things the bill won't do have been widely noted. The disarmament of America is a long way off. But it has begun, and that is worth celebrating.Says Spurgeon Kenny, president of the Arms Control Association, who busies himself with trying to coax countries to give up their nukes, "The significance is that it shows you can do something that the NRA doesn't want."
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By Art Buchwald | December 8, 1993
CONGRESS is on vacation, and by rights there should be joy in the land. But not everyone in the nation's capital is sharing in the holiday spirit.Fred Carbunkle, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, is in a deep depression. I found him on his bedroom pistol range, firing at his wife's perfume bottles."How can people expect me to have a decent Christmas when Americans have to wait five days before they can buy a gun?"I said, "I assume that you're talking about the Brady bill. You just had bad luck, Fred.
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