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Police chiefs: Universal background checks for gun purchases

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Last week, the IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods team hosted a gun violence reduction training in New Orleans, Louisiana with the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Eastern District of Louisiana United States Attorney’s Office; the National Gang Center; and the National District Attorneys Association.
Last week, the IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods team hosted a gun violence reduction training in New Orleans, Louisiana with the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Eastern District of Louisiana United States Attorney’s Office; the National Gang Center; and the National District Attorneys Association.

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation’s police chiefs are calling for universal background checks for anyone trying to purchase a firearm.

At a gathering in Chicago of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the top cops agreed the checks will help keep guns from people who shouldn’t carry them.

The call that such checks for all purchases and not just those from licensed gun dealers is not new. But in the past, law enforcement officials have included such a call as part of a wider effort that included calls for longer prison sentences for those convicted of gun crimes.

By narrowing their focus to background checks that polls indicate have overwhelming public support, the chiefs say they hope they can convince the public to push lawmakers for legislation that will reduce gun violence.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Boys;
    There ain’t a thing that’s going to do to stop anything bad from happening. We already have background checks. And they don’t work.
    You’re putting your efforts in the wrong direction once again. This is not a gun problem, ladies and gentleman, it’s a violence problem. It’s a problem of hopelessness. It’s a problem of a society that has gone down a road of “everyone wins” and “nobody needs to be accountable”.
    It’s a problem of making out schools teach more about what it means to be transgender than what it means to be a good citizen.
    You are failing, because you are doing things WRONG. You are just plain WRONG.

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