Why I'm for the Brady Bill
By RONALD REAGAN; RONALD REAGAN, IN ANNOUNCING SUPPORT FOR THE BRADY BILL YESTERDAY, REMINDED HIS AUDIENCE HE IS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION.
Published: March 29, 1991
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"Since 1994, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the “Brady Law”) has stopped an estimated 1.4 million criminals and other “prohibited purchasers” from buying guns from Federally licensed gun dealers. As the Bureau of Justice Statistics has shown, the rate of gun crime in America then plummeted for years. “After peaking in 1993,” the BJS reports, “the number of gun crimes reported to police declined and then stabilized at levels last seen in 1988.” Furthermore, according to the BJS, “nonfatal firearm-related crime has plummeted since 1993, before increasing in 2005.”
Before the Brady Law was enacted, most states didn’t require background checks of gun purchasers at all. While the Gun Control Act of 1968 made it illegal for felons, fugitives, the dangerously mentally ill and other “prohibited purchasers” to buy firearms, there was no national mechanism to help enforce this rule.
This meant that until February 28, 1994, gun dealers and gun buyers worked on the “honor” system. As long as gun buyers promised they weren’t dangerous on a Federal form, prohibited purchasers could get away with buying, and gun dealers could get away with selling, as many guns as they wanted. And if their guns were later used in crime, a gun dealer could always say, “The buyer lied to me. How could I know?” Before 1994, criminal gun buyers and dealers could ignore the Gun Control Act with impunity.
After 1994, however, we entered the era of “Trust, but verify.”