Former president Bill Clinton said May 4 that enacting gun control was â€œone of the greatest honors of my life.â€
Clinton was speaking at a Brady Campaignâ€™s gun control awards ceremony in Los Angeles, May 4.
Brad Pitt and Adam McKay were co-chairs for the ceremony. AndÂ PeopleÂ magazine reports that Clinton attended and gave â€œan impromptu 30-minute speech at [the] event.â€
Clinton referenced signing the Brady Handgun Prevention Act in 1993, which eventually spawned the background check system for gun purchases in 1998. He also referenced signing an â€œassault weaponsâ€ ban in 1994, which included a ban on â€œhigh capacityâ€ ammunition magazines. HeÂ said, â€œOne of the great honors of my life was signing the Brady law, and then a year later in the crime bill the assault weapons ban and the ammunition clip ban.â€
He referenced visiting locations where high profile gun crimes have occurred and spending time with gun control Gabby Giffords, who has spent the past three years campaigning to force every gun owner to pass the same background check her attacker passed to acquire his firearm.
Clinton called on gun control supporters to â€œredeem the lossâ€ of gun crime victims by pushing for more gun controls for law-abiding citizens.