As Obama gets tough on guns, activists try to undo law limiting makers' liability

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President Obama's plan to use his executive authority to prevent gun violence came on the heels of proposed legislation intended to give more power to gunshot victims after the fact. It's a plan with a tortured history.

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    The big-city mayors tried to get together and sue the gun manufacturers - but as you find if you read the book "Glock" (about Gaston Glock and his firearm) - all the big cities' police departments were "trading up" their older firearms for new Glocks, and Glock was then wholesaling out the old firearms into the market - and the cities knew it. For instance, New Orleans alone provided Glock with over 7,000 guns. Glock's president pointed this out in a television appearance with the then-mayor of New Orleans and overnight destroyed the big city's credibility (and case.) Talk about hypocrisy.
    By the way, back in 2000, Sarah Brady (of Brady Bill fame) bought a high-power hunting rifle as a gift for her son.Since he was eligible on his own to purchase it, technically it was a 'straw purchase' - something the firearms media had a field day with.
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    New York Daily News
    March 22, 2002 08:15:00

    WASHINGTON - Gun-control advocate Sarah Brady bought her son a powerful rifle for Christmas in 2000 - and may have skirted Delaware state background-check requirements, the New York Daily News has learned.

    Brady reveals in a new memoir that she bought James Brady Jr. a Remington .30-06, complete with scope and safety lock, at a Lewes, Del., gun shop.

    "I can't describe how I felt when I picked up that rifle, loaded it into my little car and drove home," she writes. "It seemed so incredibly strange: Sarah Brady, of all people, packing heat."

    Brady became a household name as a crusader for stricter gun-control laws after her husband, James, then the White House press secretary, was seriously wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan.

    Brady writes in "A Good Fight" that the unnamed gun shop ran federal Brady Law and Delaware state background checks with great fanfare.

    The book suggests that she did not have her son checked, as required by Delaware state law.

    "(W)hen the owner called in the checks, it seemed to me he spoke unnecessarily loudly, repeating and spelling my name over and over on the phone," Brady writes.

    Amy Stillwell, a spokeswoman for The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said the federal Brady Law does not require background checks for intrafamily gun gifts.

    Stillwell said she did not know whether her son was checked under the state law. The Delaware Department of Justice says the state does not have an exemption for family gifts.

    "Scott is not a convicted felon, and he is not prohibited from owning a gun," Stillwell said. "Scott Brady could walk into a store and buy a - he is not a prohibited purchaser."

    Delaware Justice Department spokeswoman Lori Sitler said the purchase could be illegal under state law if Brady did not also say who she was buying the gun for and submit his "name, rank and serial number" for a full check.

    "You can't purchase a gun for someone else," Sitler said yesterday. "That would be a 'straw purchase.' You've got a problem right there."

    Anti-gun control advocates were surprised to hear of Brady's foray into their world.

    "We hope that it's innocuous and there's been no laws violated," said James Jay Baker, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. "It's obviously interesting that Sarah would be purchasing firearms of any kind for anybody, given her championing of restrictive guns laws for everyone."

  • Producer

    The big-city mayors tried to get together and sue the gun manufacturers - but as you find if you read the book "Glock" (about Gaston Glock and his firearm) - all the big cities' police departments were "trading up" their older firearms for new Glocks, and Glock was then wholesaling out the old firearms into the market - and the cities knew it. For instance, New Orleans alone provided Glock with over 7,000 guns. Glock's president pointed this out in a television appearance with the then-mayor of New Orleans and overnight destroyed the big city's credibility (and case.) Talk about hypocrisy.
    By the way, back in 2000, Sarah Brady (of Brady Bill fame) bought a high-power hunting rifle as a gift for her son.Since he was eligible on his own to purchase it, technically it was a 'straw purchase' - something the firearms media had a field day with.
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    New York Daily News
    March 22, 2002 08:15:00

    WASHINGTON - Gun-control advocate Sarah Brady bought her son a powerful rifle for Christmas in 2000 - and may have skirted Delaware state background-check requirements, the New York Daily News has learned.

    Brady reveals in a new memoir that she bought James Brady Jr. a Remington .30-06, complete with scope and safety lock, at a Lewes, Del., gun shop.

    "I can't describe how I felt when I picked up that rifle, loaded it into my little car and drove home," she writes. "It seemed so incredibly strange: Sarah Brady, of all people, packing heat."

    Brady became a household name as a crusader for stricter gun-control laws after her husband, James, then the White House press secretary, was seriously wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan.

    Brady writes in "A Good Fight" that the unnamed gun shop ran federal Brady Law and Delaware state background checks with great fanfare.

    The book suggests that she did not have her son checked, as required by Delaware state law.

    "(W)hen the owner called in the checks, it seemed to me he spoke unnecessarily loudly, repeating and spelling my name over and over on the phone," Brady writes.

    Amy Stillwell, a spokeswoman for The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said the federal Brady Law does not require background checks for intrafamily gun gifts.

    Stillwell said she did not know whether her son was checked under the state law. The Delaware Department of Justice says the state does not have an exemption for family gifts.

    "Scott is not a convicted felon, and he is not prohibited from owning a gun," Stillwell said. "Scott Brady could walk into a store and buy a - he is not a prohibited purchaser."

    Delaware Justice Department spokeswoman Lori Sitler said the purchase could be illegal under state law if Brady did not also say who she was buying the gun for and submit his "name, rank and serial number" for a full check.

    "You can't purchase a gun for someone else," Sitler said yesterday. "That would be a 'straw purchase.' You've got a problem right there."

    Anti-gun control advocates were surprised to hear of Brady's foray into their world.

    "We hope that it's innocuous and there's been no laws violated," said James Jay Baker, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. "It's obviously interesting that Sarah would be purchasing firearms of any kind for anybody, given her championing of restrictive guns laws for everyone."

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