Don't weaken the Brady Bill

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 12:43 a.m.

You don't have to be a criminal investigator to understand why the FBI says that weakening the Brady Bill will hurt law enforcement efforts. Currently, the Brady Bill requires gun dealers to retain records of gun sales for 90 days. The gun lobby wants to change it to one day.

So, if the Brady Bill is weakened, a gun would have to be used in a crime within 24 hours of being purchased AND the police would have to find the gun used in the crime and trace it to the gun dealer during the same time period. How often will that happen?

Seems like 90 days is a more reasonable amount of time to retain records of gun purchases. Now the question is: Will Congress side with the gun lobby or put law enforcement first?

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