Brady Campaign Statement on Selection of Sen. Kamala Harris for Vice President

Throughout her career, Senator Harris has championed common-sense solutions to prevent gun violence. A Biden-Harris administration will act swiftly to address our country's gun violence epidemic.

Washington, D.C., August 11, 2020 – Today, the Brady Campaign commends former Vice President Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris for the Democratic nomination for Vice President. Sen. Harris is a trusted, established, and clear champion for gun violence prevention who has shown throughout her career that she is unafraid to have gun safety at the center of her agenda.

Brady Campaign President Kris Brown shared:

“Joe Biden’s choice of Senator Harris for Vice President reflects his clear understanding that the problems our nation faces require strong, informed, and decisive leadership. Brady applauds this selection, as a Biden-Harris Administration will bring both this leadership and needed empathy back to the White House, especially in the effort to prevent gun violence. Throughout her career, Senator Harris has shown that she will act to prevent gun violence and keep our communities safe. From championing both common-sense and innovative gun safety policies as California Attorney General while holding gun manufacturers accountable for profiting off of violence to demanding federal action on gun violence as a United States Senator, Sen. Harris has shown that stopping gun violence is a priority. It is why she introduced a plan to use executive authority to strengthen our nation’s gun safety regulations early in her presidential campaign last year. She understands that, when over 40,000 Americans a year die from gun violence, this issue is too pressing to wait. We need action, not words, and a Biden-Harris Administration will not hesitate to act to make our communities safer.

Brady is proud to enthusiastically support Sen. Harris’ selection for Vice President. We need her voice in this fight.”

Sen. Harris has championed gun violence prevention at every opportunity, from her time as a District Attorney, as Attorney General, as a U.S. Senator, and during her campaign for the Democratic nomination for President. In that campaign, Senator Harris was steadfast in her commitment to ending our nation’s gun violence epidemic, including taking executive action to improve our nation’s gun safety laws within the first 100 days. As Attorney General, Sen. Harris championed implicit bias and procedural justice training for law enforcement while supporting efforts to remove firearms from persons who are legally not allowed to have them. She continued these efforts in the U.S. Senate, where Senator Harris has strongly advocated for comprehensive gun violence prevention reform as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, helping to draw attention to the Senate’s dangerous lack of action on gun violence and putting forward proposals to help make our nation safer. As Vice President, Senator Harris would bring this same zeal and understanding to preventing gun violence, helping to close existing loopholes in our laws, create new regulations to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who should not have them, and hold gun manufacturers accountable for profiting off of violence in our communities.

A Biden-Harris Administration will ensure that the Biden Plan to End Our Gun Violence Epidemic becomes law. That plan prioritizes stopping the flow of weapons into our communities by strengthening background checks, banning the sale of assault weapons in the U.S., properly funding the background check system, banning ‘ghost guns’ and ghost gun kits, and investing in community-based solutions to reduce conflict and prevent violence. In total, this plan will address gun violence in all of its forms, improving federal laws and systems while working with state and local governments to implement solutions that work with and within communities to prevent violence.

Brown concluded:

“As Vice President, we know that Senator Harris will demonstrate how her deep and detailed understanding of our nation’s gun violence epidemic translates into action to make our country safer. She recognizes the scale and scope of this issue. She has proven that she is unafraid to act. Brady is delighted to see that she will bring this same clarity of purpose as Vice President.”


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.

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