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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