Brady Campaign on what it wants (for now)
Here's their press release:
"Pass the NICS Improvement Act, introduced by Representative Carolyn McCarthy. This legislation provides funding incentives for states to provide appropriate records to strengthen the information in NICS. --
Require background checks for all gun sales, not just those from federally licensed dealers. --
Rescind the requirement requiring that records of Brady background checks be destroyed within 24 hours of purchase approval. --
Impose a waiting period under the Brady Law, to allow time to do accurate and complete review of appropriate records. --
Reinstate the Federal ban on ammunition magazines of larger than 10 rounds that expired along with the Federal assault weapons ban in 2004, and pass a ban on military-style assault weapons. --
Repeal the so-called "Tiahrt Amendment," which as an annual appropriations rider bars the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from sharing data on the sources of guns used in crimes. --
Require that new semi-automatic handguns be equipped with technology to allow police to quickly match shell casings found at a crime scene to the handgun from which they were fired. This technology, known as"microstamping," would enhance law enforcement's ability to rapidly solve gun crimes."
Posted by: Sebastian at May 1, 2007 03:51 PM
What part of "It won't work, and it hasn't worked in the past" don't they get?
Might as well bring back the Ford Pinto while they're at it!
Posted by: Weerd Beard at May 1, 2007 03:58 PM
If the NRA is going to 'deal' with the antis over the NCIS improvement or whatever, the NEED to be asking for something in return.
Repeal of 'sporting purpose'?
Repeal of CA .50BMG ban?
The other side needs to give too.
The NRA fails us all when the give in without getting something in return.
Posted by: anon at May 1, 2007 05:22 PM
Whether they can get something in return depends on how much support there is for the NICS bill. If it has enough votes in committee to get onto the floor, and enough votes on the floor, there may not be much bargaining to be done. Typically you can do things like that when you need to get some extra votes to get a majority, and the people behind the bill are willing to tack on a few things to bring more people on board in support of the bill. Hopefully we can get something nice out of this, but it all depends on the politics,.
Posted by: Sebastian at May 1, 2007 05:55 PM
Impose a waiting period under the Brady Law, to allow time to do accurate and complete review of appropriate records.
But the Brady's have already opposed a licensing system that requires a waiting period of several months to conduct much more thorough background checks...
...for a CCW.
Posted by: anonymous coward at May 1, 2007 06:00 PM
Conspicuously absent from the Bradies' shopping list is going through the medical records and mental health histories of applicants and flag them for fitting the profile. Not saying thats a good idea, only its one component; a sane and consistent pressure group would be advocating-proof positive of their unfitness for making policy.
Posted by: The Mechanic at May 1, 2007 06:55 PM
Look, what you need to understand about the Brady Campaign and all of the other NGOs in the District of Columbia and all other seats of governmental power is that lobbying for whatever IS WHAT THEY DO FOR A LIVING. It is a job. They may or may not believe in their organization's mission, but many of the staffers move around from NGO to NGO. Whether it makes sense or not doesn't matter as much as the fact that it pays the rent.
Posted by: Letalis at May 1, 2007 07:47 PM
Letalis hit the nail squarely on the head.
Posted by: Jim at May 1, 2007 11:58 PM