The International Association of Chiefs of Police is calling for stronger gun laws and is urging law enforcement agencies to educate the public better about gun violence and to form more partnerships with public health officials in preventing firearms-related deaths, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. IACP made 39 recommendations in a report issued yesterday that is intended as a guide in countering a rise nationwide in gun violence over the past two years.
The report calls on states to close the “gun show loophole,” a term referring to transactions between private sellers that allow buyers to avoid mandatory background screenings required by federally licensed gun dealers. Among other recommendations are requiring officers to seize firearms from domestic violence offenders and ensuring officers submit data from all guns recovered on the streets into a federal database. The report originated at a summit this year in Chicago, where law enforcement officials, prosecutors and researchers met to address gun violence in the Midwest. The Joyce Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to reducing poverty and crime in the Great Lakes region, co-sponsored the event. “The idea is that it really should be a multifaceted approach. It’s not just a police issue. It’s a public health issue, it’s a youth issue and our schools are involved,” said Bob Scales, a Seattle policy analyst. The full report can be seen at this site: http://theiacp.org/documents/index.cfm?fuseaction=document&document_id=999