November 30, 1993 President Clinton Signs the Brady Bill into Law

Gun control activists cheered the new background checks that would be required by the new law for those who wanted to purchase guns.   It was seen as a middle of the road position that both sides of the gun rights debate would accept.  However, defenders of the 2nd amendment saw it as the first step in the government taking away their guns.  The National Rifle Association worked vigorously to block the bill from becoming law.  After it passed, the NRA continued to bring lawsuits trying to get the US Supreme Court to take a case that would strike down the law.  Finally, one part of their legal argument was upheld by the Court, however when the states were given the choice of enforcing the new law, nearly all complied and continued to perform the Brady Bill background checks.

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