PHOENIX, Dec. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Local Phoenix community leaders and activists joined the Brady Campaign to Avoid Gun Violence to protest Windy City Pawn Brokers, which sells guns to straw purchasers. Their irresponsible business practices provide criminals simple access to guns that regularly end up being used in crimes committed in Phoenix and elsewhere. Ninety percent of the nation’s guns used in crimes come from merely 5 percent of “inadequate apple” gun dealers, such as Windy City Pawn Brokers in Phoenix.
“‘inadequate Apple’ gun dealers such as Windy City have actually decided on profits over people’s safety and are therefore largely responsible for America’s gun violence,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Avoid Gun Violence. “We are working along with our partners in Phoenix and across the nation that are directly impacted by gun violence to requirement these ‘inadequate apples’ modification their business practices and sell guns responsibly. We are fed up along with the violence in our communities. This is something we can easily do to make a actual difference – to sustain guns from the hands of criminals and to sustain our communities and our youngsters safe.”
Joining the Brady Campaign outside Windy City Pawn Brokers were Daniel Ortega, Phoenix attorney and former Chair of the Board of Directors of National Council of La Raza; Rev. Jose Olagues, the former Associate Executive of the Presbytery of Grand Canyon; Chris Kitaeff, a federal firearms licensee, avid outdoorsman, and a board member of Arizonans for Gun Safety; and Jose Guzman and Lupe Sanchez, whose 17-year-old son was working at Subway as quickly as he was shot and killed throughout a robbery attempt.
“Turning a blind eye to straw purchasers, gun traffickers and criminals only contributes to the ongoing and unnecessary violence we see each day in our streets,” said Jose Guzman. “As the father of a gun violence victim, I understand firsthand exactly how essential it is that we do every little thing we can easily to sustain guns from the hands of dangerous people.”
This fall, in Chicago, the Brady Campaign launched a campaign, “Stop inadequate Apple Gun Dealers” which leverages lawsuits to requirement modification in the gun industry. The initiative mobilizes communities to apply local stress directly to “inadequate apple” gun dealers to requirement modification in their business practices, which would certainly sustain guns from the hands of dangerous people. The campaign calls for dealers to videotape all of gun sales, perform criminal background checks on all of employees as section of a “Code of Conduct” that defines policies and practices gun dealers need to adopt to Avoid the diversion of guns in to the illegal market. Each element of the proposed Code has actually either been suggested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), imposed as a legal need in certain states, accepted by dealers as section of litigation settlements, or urged as a standard by major gun industry trade associations.
Implementing the Code, in addition to complying with all of applicable federal, state and local laws about gun sales, will certainly dramatically decrease the probability that a dealer will certainly be a source of guns for criminals and various other prohibited or dangerous people.
“Most gun dealers are responsible business people, yet the ‘inadequate apple’ gun dealers that go for to profit off the criminal market have to be held accountable for the gun violence they contribute to in our communities,” said Jonathan Lowy, director of the Brady’s Legal Action Project. “We are going to force ‘inadequate apples’ from business, and send a resounding message to the gun industry that it should clean up its act.”
“This is regarding protecting our community,” said Daniel Ortega. “For the Latino community – my community – this is a serious concern for us. These ‘inadequate apple’ dealers do not care where these guns end up. I am here to take a stand and make it clear that I do not want these guns on our streets.”
To learn a lot more regarding the “Stop inadequate Apple Gun Dealers” initiative, a list of pending lawsuits versus gun dealers, and the Code of Conduct for responsible gun sales, visit: BradyCampaign.org/StopBadApples
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SOURCE The Brady Campaign and Focus to Avoid Gun Violence