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Brady Bill Syllabification: Bra·dy Bill
Pronunciation: /ˈbrādē ˌbil/

Entry from US English dictionary

(also Brady Law)

Definition of Brady Bill in English:


A provision of US federal law that requires a waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks on those who wish to purchase handguns.
Example sentences
  • When Congress first heard of the Brady Bill, most Republicans and many Democrats balked at the idea.
  • It's great that the president let the Brady Bill expire, because now these guns are finally legal.
  • The Brady Bill is an effective way of gun control with its background checks and five-day waiting period.


Named for James S. Brady (1940–), who campaigned for the bill, which was signed into law in 1993. Brady was shot and seriously wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

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