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Passing the Brady Bill in 1993

Posted: Wednesday 27th November, 2013

This week, as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting approaches, the Connecticut State's Attorney in Danbury released a report on the Newtown, CT massacre.  The shooting last December renewed a debate in Congress over gun control, but Congress was unable to pass legislation to prevent similar mass shootings.  Twenty years ago this week President Clinton signed into law the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act which mandated background checks for firearms purchases.  Our 1993 Washington Week panel discussed how the bill, named for President Reag