Hillary Clinton to Receive Gun Control Award

Inaugural Governor Mario M. Cuomo Leadership Award to be presented to her by Brady Campaign

Hillary Clinton
• November 12, 2015 3:45 pm


Hillary Clinton is set to be honored with an award from one of the nation's leading gun control advocacy organizations next Thursday.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence will present Hillary Clinton the inaugural Governor Mario M. Cuomo Leadership Award at the Bear Awards. The awards, named after Jim "Bear" Brady, will take place at Cipriani on Broadway in New York City on Nov. 19. Individual tickets to the event are priced at $1,000 a piece.

"On November 19th supporters from around the country will descend upon New York at our annual Brady Bear Awards to honor gun violence prevention champions," an email announcing the event said. "The event includes special presentations, honorees and performances you won’t want to miss, including a presentation of the Inaugural Governor Mario M. Cuomo Leadership Award to the Honorable Hillary Clinton."

Clinton has promised to pursue a number of new gun control policies if elected president. She has promised to institute new gun control through executive order, said the Supreme Court is "wrong" on the Second Amendment, and told supporters Australian-style gun regulation should be considered in the United States since beginning her current campaign. His campaign has since walked back some of those comments.

The Brady Center, which is named in honor of President Reagan's press secretary, who was shot during an assassination attempt, is among the largest gun control advocacy organizations in the United States. Its awards ceremony is designed to recognize leaders in the gun control movement as well as raise money for the organization. Promotional material for the event said it seeks to "honor the efforts of individuals who have distinguished themselves in their dedication to Sarah and Jim’s vision of a nation without gun violence and who embody their remarkable spirit, strength and perseverance, to the extent that anyone else can."

The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Leadership Award is named for the New York governor, who signed a new gun control measure into law after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The law, called the SAFE Act, has come under criticism from some law enforcement organizations and some provisions are being flouted by New York gun owners. Still, gun control advocates praise the law for being among the strictest in the country.

Neither the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence nor the Clinton campaign responded to a request for comment.