WASHINGTON -- Brady Campaign President Dan Gross issued the following statement in response to the hold Senator Dianne Feinstein placed on bills S 2188 and S 2213, which the Brady Campaign believes should be called the "George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Acts." The Senate bills, pushed by the NRA just days after Trayvon Martin's shooting death, are similar to HR 822, which passed the House late last year. They would force virtually every state to honor the concealed carry permit of every other state.
"Just a day after her staff met with three gun violence victims from the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign, and two days after 32 victims of gun violence came to Capitol Hill to demand that Congress keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, Senator Dianne Feinstein put a hold on the concealed carry bills we believe should be called the “George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Acts.”
Once again, Senator Feinstein is making it crystal clear that she puts the safety of the American people ahead of the dangerous ”guns everywhere” vision of the gun lobby.
If either of these bills become law, and your state has reasonable regulations that might prevent somebody like George Zimmerman, a man with an arrest record and a history of violence, from carrying a loaded hidden gun, tough luck! Dangerous people like Zimmerman could carry loaded hidden guns on your streets and there would be nothing you or your local law enforcement could do about it.
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On behalf of the overwhelming majority of Americans, we thank Senator Feinstein for standing up for our safety and preventing more tragedies like the ones represented by the victims gathered in Washington DC this week. And to all the politicians that do the gun lobby’s bidding, let this serve notice that we are watching you, and we are prepared to hold you accountable for putting guns in the hands of dangerous people just to make a profit."
The California Brady Chapter members who came to Capitol Hill on April 16 to make demands of Congress and participated in the meeting with Sen. Feinstein's staff arranged by the Brady Campaign were:
Mindy Finklestein - At age 16, Mindy survived being shot during a vicious attack at the North Granada Hills Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles in 1999. One of the guns used by the shooter was purchased illegally from an unlicensed dealer at a gun show in Spokane, Washington. The purchase was illegal because the shooter was prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law due to a felony conviction.
Josh Stepakoff - In 1999, Josh was 6 years old and a camper at the North Granada Hills Jewish Community Center when he was shot by a white supremacist. He was walking into the center after a game of Capture The Flag when he was attacked. One of the guns used by the shooter was purchased illegally from an unlicensed dealer at a gun show in Spokane, Washington. The purchase was illegal because the shooter was prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law due to a felony conviction.
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Suzanne Verge – Suzanne’s brother, Peter, was murdered with a gun at age 18. He was preparing for a life in Hawaii when he was shot to death in an oceanfront Santa Monica, California apartment in December 1978 by a lawyer friend on drugs. His killer was convicted, sent to prison and disbarred. Suzanne was 15.