Statement of Paul Helmke on Senate Rejection of Thune Amendment

Jul 22, 2009, 13:18 ET from Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate rejecting an amendment to a Defense bill authored by Senator John Thune (R-SD) related to concealed weapons permits:

"The United States Senate today defeated a dangerous proposal that would have undermined public safety and the safety of our police officers. This proposal would have let people from states with the weakest gun laws in the nation carry hidden, loaded weapons in states with much stronger gun laws. It was a profoundly bad idea.

"I'm grateful for the leadership in this fight of Senators including Richard Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, Charles Schumer of New York and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. I am hopeful that our Congress will now start addressing proactive measures to reduce gun violence in this country by doing things like requiring background checks for all gun sales, particularly at gun shows. We make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons in America."

As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign 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.

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SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence