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Brady Campaign Marks 20 Years Of Background Check Law

By Penny Okamoto, Executive Director of Ceasefire Oregon

Since February 28th, 1994, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act has blocked over 2.1 million gun purchases, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. More than a million of these attempted purchases were by felons, and another 291,000 denied sales were to domestic abusers. Background checks also prevented sales to 118,000 people in hiding to avoid arrest or prosecution.

A new report from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence shows how this law has saved lives, and what still needs to be done to reduce gun violence.