U.S. House Continues Restrictions that Hurt Law Enforcement Efforts to Fight Gun Crime

Jul 26, 2007, 01:00 ET from Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

    WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paul Helmke, President
 of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, released the following
 statement about U.S. House passage of the federal spending bill funding the
 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Justice containing the
 so-called "Tiahrt Restrictions" on police access to crime gun trace data:
     "The U.S. House of Representatives did a grave disservice to law
 enforcement today when it failed to remove the 'Tiahrt Restrictions' from
 the Federal Appropriations Bill funding the ATF. Similar restrictions have
 handcuffed law enforcement since 2003. At a time when crime is rising, and
 corrupt gun dealers and traffickers are fueling gun violence in our
 neighborhoods, this action is inexcusable.
     "More than 200 individual police chiefs, 11 national police
 organizations, 21 state and regional police organizations, along with more
 than 230 mayors, have repeatedly urged Congress to repeal these
 restrictions. We know that gun crime trace data is critical to mayors and
 law enforcement. Without it, dangerous gun dealers avoid public scrutiny
 and local police are deprived of advance warnings of possible criminal
 activity in their communities. Simply put, the 'Tiahrt Restrictions' shield
 dangerous gun dealers.
     "Actions which favor the gun lobby and the small minority of corrupt
 gun dealers over the needs of police and mayors are deeply troubling.
 Congress and the Bush Administration should be acting to help police and
 mayors fight gun crime, not hinder their efforts. The Brady Campaign will
 continue to fight this battle along with law enforcement and mayors as this
 spending bill continues through the legislative process."
     For continuing insight and comment on the gun issue, read Paul Helmke's
 blog at http://www.bradycampaign.org/blog/, and visit the Brady Campaign
 website at http://www.bradycampaign.org.
     As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading
 the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, working with its
 dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is devoted to creating an
 America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at
 school, at work, and in our communities.
     Contact: Peter Hamm, 202-898-0792

SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence