That’s right, the Brady Campaign is cheering the recent 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the dismissal of NRA et al. v. ATF et al., their lawsuit challenging the federal prohibition of 18-20 year-olds from buying handguns from FFLs. And the Bradys have so few wins these days they’re going all out to trumpet their big “success.” So what’s the big deal?. . .
It’s this: current federal law doesn’t prohibit under 21s from owning handguns; they just can’t buy them through an FFL. And given the Bradys’ stance on background checks (hint: they like ’em), you might think they’d support the NRA’s suit to ensure that 18-20 year-olds can buy guns through FFLs…and have to go through a “Brady check”.
But no. If the NRA is fer it, the Bradys are gonna be agin’ it. So the status quo remains: any 18-year-old who wants a handgun will continue to have to buy them from friends or others via those scary individual or “gun show loophole” sales — the ones that don’t require NICS checks.
From the Brady presser:
“We are pleased that this court has affirmed that the Second Amendment allows for common sense gun laws restricting teens from buying handguns from gun dealers,” said Jon Lowy, Director of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project. “Eight children and teens are shot to death every day in America. We are better than this, and it’s crucial that we protect our children and communities by preventing guns from falling into the hands of dangerous people.”
Quick aside: Jon’s claim that “eight children and teens are shot to death” is, shockingly, misleading. A quarter of those deaths are suicides. Repeated studies have shown that suicide rates are independent of method; if firearm access is restricted in a population, the rate of firearm suicide may drop but the overall suicide rate remains unchanged. That doesn’t make Jon a hypocrite, it just makes him a liar.
So the Brady Campaign wants it both ways. They’ll shout one day that every sale should go through the NICS system. Then, on the very same day, they’ll cheer a ruling they worked for that will prevent exactly that. Just another day in the Brady bizarro world of gun control.