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GoldfingerThe License to Carry a GunOn an overcast Monday in March in 1981 six shots were fired from a Colt 22 caliber revolver at an American president Although after this attempt on a president s life the immediate results were not as dramatic as in 1964 when President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot and killed This time the president survived the attack on his life However more controversy has spawned from this incident not from the side of the President but fourteen years later from President Reagan s press secretary James Brady Brady was walking alongside the president when John W Hinkley Jr shot at the president and Brady was hit in the head and was severely wounded Brew 23 Today Mr Brady has overcome that incident that left him a quadriplegic to become a leading advocate of gun control He and his wife were leading supporters of the aptly named Brady Bill that posed a background check and a five day waiting period before a gun is to be sold and restricts the sale of guns to felons ect This bill was passed despite heavy lobbying against the bill by the National Rifle Association or the NRA The Brady Bill imposes a five day waiting period and background check before a handgun can be bought The Brady Bill imposed in February 1994 has been successful in the limited definition of what it was supposed to do By federal estimates the Brady Bill has kept 40000 felons from getting handguns In West Virginia for example we ve had at least 180 denials and I think that no matter what that s good says Sargent Thomas Barrick who oversees background checks for the state police Lacayo 47 But the Brady Bill does not do all that it was designed to do The Bill restrict mentally ill people from getting handguns but medical records are kept secret and there is no way of telling who is getting
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