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Gun control advocate may have violated gun laws By TIMOTHY J. BURGER New York Daily News

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 Reagan.

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 full check.

"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 their world.

"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."

-- Bob in WI (, March 22, 2002


Nice. So that makes how many gun grabbers with serious inconsistency? Rosie O has armed body guards, Dianne feinstein, the same...hmm. Good catch, Bob!

-- Doreen (, March 23, 2002.

Now if all these folks would only turn their weapons on themselves..................OK. Maybe that's a bit harsh. Maybe not.

-- John in S. IN (, March 23, 2002.


Maybe they would, but they probably couldn't get the mandatory gun lock off. LOL

-- Bob in WI (, March 23, 2002.

Bob, Maybe I shouldn't make jokes like that, but the hypocracy of these people is incredable. The "Ruling Elite" mentality honks me off.

That she bought her kid a rifle is ok w/ me. If it was in some violation of the was a present for her kid still. I don't have a problem w/ it. But how come this same woman would have it that nobody else can have that right or opportunity to have a firearm?

If you count the years firearms have been around just my immediate family (including my late father) it's something like 275 total. Never once was a firearm used irresponsibly in all that time. Nobody shot, nobody even shot at that I know of. I doubt that's unusual at all and is probably more indicative of the norm in these matters. Were not all "Disgruntled Postal Workers".

-- John in S. IN (, March 24, 2002.

Hey! I thought the gun laws were supposed to keep the guns out of the hands of crazy people and other undesirables! It proves gun laws are useless!

Now this gun is going to go out all by itself and kill someone! How responsible is THAT!?!?!?! I hope they have a BATF & FBI file on her and her kid so they can track that gun everywhere it goes!

-- Laura (, March 24, 2002.

yes. We must put a microchip into Sarah Brady's son to be sure and follow his every move. Someone who would receive a gift that was procured under questionable circumstances surely can't be trusted.

I saw a bumper sticker that sums it up pretty well..."My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car"

-- Doreen (, March 24, 2002.

I think that when the Feinsteins, O Donnells, and Sarah Bradys start to get into hot water by violating the very laws that they themselves have advocated for all these years, they will definitely change their tune. These elitist facists are under the delusion that the laws apply to everyone except themselves and their small clusters of friends. Well I have news for these people. Just think of it this way: These people think that everyone gets the guns from the same place, so the laws will stop them. That just goes to show how narrow minded these people are, they can't even accept the fact that criminals have a lack of regard for the law, that's why they're called criminals. To conclude, I think these far-leftists need to grow up and accept the fact that guns are here to stay, and without them we would not be the United States of America.

-- Mike in TX (, June 24, 2004.

Ya, I read that it was a high-powered 'sniper' rifle, .30-06. What will he use it for?

Semper Fi, Andrew

-- Andrew (, August 17, 2004.

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