Security of Firearms

WHEREAS, an estimated 2,000,000 (two million) firearms are in the FBI stolen gun file, and an estimated 200,000 firearms are stolen every year in the United States and added to the file, and these numbers do not include stolen firearms with insufficient information for entry into NCIC; and WHEREAS, many of these firearms are used in the commission of other crimes; and WHEREAS, according to the Center for Disease Control, thousands of people are killed or injured every year because firearms are left unsecured in homes and businesses; and WHEREAS, responsible firearms owners should secure their firearms from theft and from misuse; and WHEREAS, the technology exists to make firearms more secure from theft and misuse; this includes such things as safes, triggerlocks, and monitored alarm systems; now therefore be it RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), duly assembled at its 105th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, encourages all its members to support programs which improve the secure storage of firearms and reduce the opportunity for theft or misuse; and be it FURTHER RESOLVED, that the IACP supports the development of new technology which will improve the ability of firearms owners to safely and securely store their firearms; and be it FURTHER RESOLVED, that the IACP urges all law enforcement professionals to be role models in the safe and secure storage of firearms.