Flynn: Criticism on Gun Background Check Prosecutions is “Phony Issue”


Expanding on his Senate testimony on gun background checks, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn tells CNN why he disagrees with critics like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who contend that the real problem is a lack of prosecution of those who lie in the current checking process. Says Flynn: “It’s a false issue. It’s a total red herring, not filling out the form truthfully is an offense [but the point is] that we are using background checks to prevent the wrong people from getting firearms. The background check system works because it prevents people from getting firearms legally that shouldn’t.” Flynn adds, “The fact of the matter is the criminal justice system works at maximum capacity now. The feds are prosecuting RICO cases, organized crime cases and drug cartels, and a wide variety of significant federal offenses. We’re filling up the court dockets with homicides, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, car thefts, domestic violence, and so on. Yes, in a perfect world, people would get prosecuted for lying on their background, but don’t get misled. The most important function that background form fulfills is it enables us to do investigations that disqualify people from buying firearms. That’s their purpose. They serve that purpose admirably, and it’s a complete phony issue to raise the specter of insufficient prosecutions for not filling it out properly.”

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