IACP Press Release - Statement of International Association of Chiefs of Police on Gun Violence Reduction Proposals
For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2013
Contact: Meredith Ward
Statement of International Association of Chiefs of Police
In response to release of the Obama Administration’s gun violence reduction proposals, the International Association of Chiefs of Police released the following statement.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) commends President Obama and Vice President Biden for the comprehensive package of proposals they announced to combat gun violence. The IACP believes that the proposals and actions reflect an effective, balanced approach to addressing the plague of gun violence in our communities and nation. As this process moves forward, the IACP will continue to work with the Administration, members of Congress, and public safety leaders across the country to enact these much needed reforms.
For many years, the IACP has been a leading voice in efforts to reduce gun violence. Our membership was, and remains, a leading proponent of universal background checks for gun purchases, the ban on military style assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and ensuring that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has both a permanent director and sufficient resources to enforce our nation’s gun laws. The adoption of these, and other reasonable measures, will certainly assist in reducing the level of gun violence in our Nation.
The IACP is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has over 21,000 members in 100 countries around the world. For more information on the IACP’s positions and work on gun violence issues, please visit http://www.theiacp.org/firearms