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Brady Adds To Post-<I>Heller</I> Agenda

Friday, June 20, 2008

Last week, when Brady Campaign’s president, Paul Helmke, told ABC News that the group expects the Supreme Court to issue a pro-Second Amendment ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, he tried to put his best anti-gun spin on things, saying “this could be good from the standpoint of the political-legislative side.” 

Brady Center attorney Dennis Henigan revealed Helmke’s plan in more detail, saying that if the Court rules that the Second Amendment protects an individual, private Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and that D.C.’s gun bans are unconstitutional, it will help anti-gun groups push for a ban on private firearm sales, a ban on “assault weapons,” a limit on the number of guns a person can buy, and similar measures. 

This week, Brady telegraphed yet another issue it intends to push after the Heller decision: tightening the requirements to obtain a federal firearms license (FFL). Sen. Barack Obama has already come out for prohibiting gun dealers within five miles of a school or park, which would eliminate most dealers, and Brady wants to do its part to eliminate any who may be left standing.

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