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Gun Control Group ‘Brady Campaign’ Changing Its Name — for the Fourth Time

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, assault weapons and handguns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. In a questionnaire for The Associated Press, the four GOP candidates for governor, state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and …
AP/Seth Perlman, File

The Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence changed its name for the fourth time as it continues efforts to pursue gun control without having a reference to gun control in its name.

The NRA-ILA reports that the group was founded in 1974 as the National Council to Control Handguns (NCCH). Its goal at the outset was to virtually ban the private ownership of handguns.

Their pamphlets at the time called for “strict federal laws that will effectively restrict the possession of handguns to only the police, the military, licensed security guards, licensed pistol clubs, and registered collectors.”

In 1979 the group changed its name to Handgun Control, Inc. Handguns were still targets for the group, but they were also seeking controls and bans on other types of firearms. But the Hill reports that the group became the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2001.

Now, with myriad Democrats pushing gun control while still trying to appear pro-gun, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has changed its name to Brady. No mention of handgun control, semiautomatic rifle bans, or “high capacity” magazine bans. Just Brady. Yet even after all the name changes even a cursory glance at the Brady website shows that the implementation of certain gun controls is their central goal.

The NRA-ILA opined, “After 45 years of failure to achieve their goal, a more introspective group might consider that there may be a defect in their ideas rather than their marketing. However, history suggests that it is only a matter of time before ‘Brady’ undergoes yet another name change.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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