City officials mark 20th anniversary of ‘Brady Bill’

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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence mark the upcoming, 20th anniversary of an historic gun law while also pushing for even tougher gun rules in Chicago.

They celebrated the so-called “Brady Bill” at the Chicago Public Safety headquarters Thursday morning.

The law is named in honor of James Brady. He served as former President Reagan’s press secretary, and was shot in the head and left permanently disabled in the assassination attempt on Reagan’s life in 1981 in Washington, DC.

Former President Clinton signed the legislation into law on November 30th, 1993. It requires a person to undergo a five-day, background check before they can potentially purchase a firearm.

At Thursday’s gathering, the leaders said the explosion of the internet has undermined the law. They point out up to 40 percent of firearms sales are through the internet between private parties.

Mayor Emanuel worked for Clinton when he signed the “Brady Bill.”

“While gun shows were around, they weren’t really conceived of in the way that they are today for purchases and moving of guns,” said Emanuel.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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  • 4ward thnkr

    …and as you can see, gangbangers and schizophrenics are still getting their hands on firearms while the responsible owners of firearms get punished for obeying the law(s). We do not need anymore gun laws! We need tougher penalties (IE; re-instate the death penalty) , stepped up patrols (not traffic cams) and funding for state mental health facilities (which were either shut down or privatized thanks to the late president Reagan and former governor Thompson)!

  • Tango

    The ironic part is that had the "Brady Bill" been in place a month, six months, a year or even ten years before Hinckley bought his guns it still would not have stopped him from getting them, as he had never been adjudicated incompetent, had no felony convictions and there was six months between when he bought the guns and the day he started shooting.

    Another great example of a government "solution" that fails to address the original issue. Way to go, guys.