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