Chief Flynn to Senate: Background Checks Work, Restart Assault Weapon Ban


Backing a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, “Is 20 [Newtown] babies enough to say these implements should not be so easily distributed?” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined other Republicans in arguing that the government should instead do more to enforce current laws, asking why it was that so few people who fail background checks are prosecuted for lying on their applications to buy guns. “How many cases have you made?” Graham asked Flynn. “You know what? It doesn’t matter!” Flynn answered, saying background checks were accomplishing their purpose, stopping the wrong people from buying guns. He said prosecuting people for failing background checks was a poor use of limited resources. Flynn added: “We make 2,000 gun cases a year. That’s our priority. We’re not in a paper chase. We’re trying to prevent the wrong people buying guns. That’s why we do background checks. If you think I’m going to do a paper chase, then you think I’m going to misuse my resources.”

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