Major Cities Chiefs calls for universal background checks on all gun sales
Members of the association recently gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to consider measures to prevent gun violence in wake of recent mass shootings
By PoliceOne Staff
WASHINGTON — The Major Cities Chiefs Association recently released an updated and expanded Firearms Violence Policy in light of mass shootings across the country.
The association announced on Wednesday that police chiefs recently gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to consider measures to prevent gun violence in wake of shootings in Florida and Texas. After a vote, the chiefs adopted new policy statement that includes calling on Congress to:
- Adopt a Universal Background Check for all gun sales and transfers;
- Expand screening for prohibited buyers to include persons with violent mental health history;
- Seek “Red Flag” measures to prevent guns from reaching persons who threaten violence and murder; and
- Urge legislation that permits court orders barring gun purchases in domestic violence cases.
The association said the new policy “reflects the lessons learned” in recent mass shootings and pleas from parents and youth from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a shooting in February.
“As first responders, we have seen the toll that firearms violence takes on our communities
and it is time that we as a Nation take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of such tragic events,” said J. Thomas Manger, Major Cities Chiefs Association President and Montgomery County Police Chief. “Reform to this system is overdue and we must all play a role in keeping firearms off our streets and out of our schools.”
The association, which is comprised of chiefs and sheriffs representing the largest cities in the U.S. and Canada, has been “a strong advocate for sensible gun policy for many years.”
To see the association’s full updated and expanded policy statements, see below: