More Police Killed By Gunfire; Chiefs Call For More Background Checks


Law enforcement officials from across the U.S. again are calling for background checks on all gun purchases, including private and gun-show sales. “We must close off all avenues for dangerous people to acquire firearms,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a press conference yesterday in Orlando for the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. The partnership is comprised of nine national law-enforcement groups, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which is holding its annual conference this week in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Gun deaths increased nationally from 82 a day in 2002 to 91 per day in 2012, said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, gunfire has been the leading cause of death for officers killed in the line of duty in the U.S. this year. So far, 41 officers have been gunned down this year, up 64 percent from last year. “Unfortunately, active shooter incidents are also on the rise,” Johnson said, adding: “This is a very significant problem and certainly one that we need to address.” The 1994 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, requires federally licensed firearm dealers to conduct background checks. In Florida and other places, sales between private citizens, including some at gun shows or initiated online, do not require background checks.

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