Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020 - In recognition of his thoughtful leadership in the effort to prevent gun violence in all of its forms, today, the Brady Campaign endorsed Rep. Jim Clyburn (SC-6) in his campaign for re-election in 2020.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Majority Whip Clyburn embodies Brady’s motto of ‘take action, not sides.’ Throughout his time in Congress, Rep. Clyburn has worked tirelessly and in good faith to pass meaningful laws that prevent gun violence. Rep. Clyburn has demonstrated that he will work across the aisle to keep South Carolinians, and all Americans, safe from gun violence, particularly in his work to fix the deadly ‘Charleston loophole.’ Rep. Clyburn led the passage of the bipartisan ‘Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019’ within the first 100 days of the 116th Congress. This bill, which Rep. Clyburn introduced, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in February 2019 and was in direct response to the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in his district in Charleston, South Carolina. Rep. Clyburn demonstrated that he will respond immediately to keep his constituents safe, though we are still waiting for action from the U.S. Senate more than one year later.
For his years of service to South Carolinians and his demonstrated dedication to preventing gun violence, Brady is proud to endorse Rep. Jim Clyburn for re-election.”
Rep. Clyburn has represented South Carolina’s 6th District since 1993. In that time, he has worked to enact comprehensive and common-sense gun violence prevention reforms that have helped to keep South Carolinians safe. Particularly since the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015, Rep. Clyburn has worked to ensure that no community endures the preventable tragedy that Charleston did.
About the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019:
The Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, or H.R. 1112, provides the background check system with additional time to make a final determination on a potential firearms purchaser before a licensed dealer can transfer a gun, fixing what is known as the ‘Charleston loophole.’ It does this while protecting the ability of lawful citizens to obtain timely results and avoid having purchases stalled indefinitely.
H.R. 1112 extends the initial background check review period from three to 10 business days. After the initial 10 business day period, if a background check has not been completed, a purchaser may request an expedited review, providing the FBI 10 more days to finish the background check before a firearm can lawfully be transferred. This additional time will help ensure that prohibited purchasers will not be able to access firearms, protecting the public safety.
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.