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    Bradys give support to Nelson in Senate race

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 17, 2000


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    Prominent gun control advocates James and Sarah Brady have endorsed Democrat Bill Nelson in the race to fill Florida's open U.S. Senate seat.

    Nelson is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum of Longwood to replace retiring Republican Sen. Connie Mack. At a news conference Monday in Miami, James Brady said McCollum "has done more than any member of Congress to undermine common sense gun laws," according to a statement faxed to news outlets by the Nelson campaign.

    James Brady, a former White House press secretary, was shot in the head during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. In 1993, the Brady Bill named in his honor became federal law, requiring background checks and a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases.

    Brady's wife, Sarah, is chairwoman of Handgun Control Inc. and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, both in Washington.

    Both Nelson and McCollum oppose gun licensing and registration. Nelson supports an assault weapons ban and says he would have voted for the Brady Bill, measures that McCollum opposed in Congress.

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