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Baseless Conclusion Of Brady Report Challenged

Friday, May 12, 2006

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) called the conclusions of a gun tracing report issued by the anti-gun Brady Center “ludicrous” and referred those who want an unbiased explanation about the relevance of trace data to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).

Commenting on the Brady Center’s latest conspiracy-theory propaganda, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane said, “‘Without a Trace’ shows anti-gun groups are without a clue.  This so-called report is the last gasp of a desperate extremist group that remains intent on pursuing junk lawsuits against a critical U.S. industry—despite the clearly stated will of the American people through the actions of Congress and state legislatures to block such lawsuits.”

Keane went on to cite numerous cases of support for maintaining restrictions on the release of BATFE gun trace data.  “Law enforcement supports the restrictions. BATFE supports the restrictions.  Congress and the President support the restrictions.  The only people who want to lift the restrictions are the lawyers at gun ban groups, and New York City Mayor Bloomberg.

“You don’t have to ask us, ask the experts,” concluded Keane, referring to multiple quotes and documents previously released by the BATFE that support restricting the release of trace data to the public.

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