On October 25, 2010, at the 117th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference, a new law enforcement partnership was announced to address the problems of gun crimes and violence. The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (NLEPPGV) was launched with generous funding support of the Chicago based Joyce Foundation as part of their collaboration with the IACP on gun violence.
The NLEPPGV is a collaboration among the following nine national law enforcements groups committed to working together to address gun violence.
The NLEPPGV believes that law enforcement can play a unique and essential role in educating policy makers and citizens on the realities of gun violence in the communities they serve, and in developing common-sense, data-driven solutions to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths from homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings.
The following Statement of Principles reflects the shared commitment of the NLEPPGV to address the pervasive nature of gun and its horrific impact on communities across America.
- The level of gun violence in the United States, specifically firearm-related injuries and deaths including homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings, is unacceptable and demands immediate attention.
- As law enforcement organizations, we believe the level and lethality of gun violence directed at police officers requires an organized and aggressive response from policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Elected officials must commit to closing gaps in the current regulatory system, including those that enable felons, minors, persons with mental illness, and other prohibited persons to access firearms, and those that allow the trafficking of illegal guns.
- Law enforcement plays a central and critical role in preventing gun violence and solving crime. Effective strategies for the strict enforcement of laws concerning the illegal possession, trafficking, and criminal use of firearms are vital, and need to be supported by data, research, technology, training, and best practices.
- Because the public’s health and safety depends on the efforts of law enforcement, agencies must have resources sufficient to prioritize the protection of officers and communities against illegal guns and firearm violence.
- The crisis of gun violence in our country necessitates a sustained, coordinated, and collaborative effort involving citizens, elected officials, law enforcement, and the entire criminal justice system.
In 2012, the Major Cities Chiefs Association assumed the role of Managing Partner for the NLEPPGV, as it works to develop a policy agenda and outreach strategy.
A major policy focus of the NLEPPGV is to advocate for background checks for all firearms purchases, including transactions by private sellers at gun shows and over the Internet. Private party transactions account for as many as 40% of all gun sales. Without background checks on unlicensed sales, police cannot prevent thousands of felons, fugitives, domestic violence offenders, terrorists, and the dangerously mentally ill from easily getting firearms.
For more information please contact John Firman at 703-836-6767 Ext. 207