Sarah Brady skirted gun laws in buying son's rifle
New York Daily News
March 22, 2002 08:15:00
WASHINGTON - Gun-control advocate Sarah Brady bought her son a powerful
rifle for Christmas in 2000 - and may have skirted Delaware state
background-check requirements, the New York Daily News has learned.
Brady reveals in a new memoir that she bought James Brady Jr. a Remington
.30-06, complete with scope and safety lock, at a Lewes, Del., gun shop.
"I can't describe how I felt when I picked up that rifle, loaded it into
my little car and drove home," she writes. "It seemed so incredibly
strange: Sarah Brady, of all people, packing heat."
Brady became a household name as a crusader for stricter gun-control laws
after her husband, James, then the White House press secretary, was
seriously wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on then-President Ronald
Brady writes in "A Good Fight" that the unnamed gun shop ran federal Brady
Law and Delaware state background checks with great fanfare.
The book suggests that she did not have her son checked, as required by
Delaware state law.
"(W)hen the owner called in the checks, it seemed to me he spoke
unnecessarily loudly, repeating and spelling my name over and over on the
phone," Brady writes.
Amy Stillwell, a spokeswoman for The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence, said the federal Brady Law does not require background checks
for intrafamily gun gifts.
Stillwell said she did not know whether her son was checked under the
state law. The Delaware Department of Justice says the state does not have
an exemption for family gifts.
"Scott is not a convicted felon, and he is not prohibited from owning a
gun," Stillwell said. "Scott Brady could walk into a store and buy a - he
is not a prohibited purchaser."
Delaware Justice Department spokeswoman Lori Sitler said the purchase
could be illegal under state law if Brady did not also say who she was
buying the gun for and submit his "name, rank and serial number" for a
"You can't purchase a gun for someone else," Sitler said yesterday. "That
would be a 'straw purchase.' You've got a problem right there."
Anti-gun control advocates were surprised to hear of Brady's foray into
"We hope that it's innocuous and there's been no laws violated," said
James Jay Baker, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. "It's
obviously interesting that Sarah would be purchasing firearms of any kind
for anybody, given her championing of restrictive guns laws for everyone."
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