WASHINGTON -- Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which filed amicus briefs in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in both Commonwealth v. Runyan and Commonwealth v. DePina, released the following statement on the Court's rulings:
"The gun lobby's argument that the Second Amendment gives gun owners the right to place children at risk by leaving unsecured guns in the home was appropriately rejected. Courts must continue to reject efforts by the gun lobby and gun criminals to strike down common sense gun laws that save lives."
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger and the law firm Proskauer Rose represented the Brady Center and other groups filing the briefs pro bono. Groups on the briefs were the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Legal
Community Against Violence, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police, Massachusetts Million Mom March Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Stop Handgun Violence.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is a national non-profit organization working to reduce the tragic toll of gun violence in America, through education, research, and legal advocacy. The programs of the Brady Center complement the legislative and grassroots mobilization of its sister organization, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters.