Background Checks Make a Difference

A project of The Center for Gun Responsibility

Updates

August 22, 2014

CENTER FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY RELEASES NEW AD FEATURING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE ON HOW BACKGROUND CHECKS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE

Seattle, WA – Today, the Center for Gun Responsibility continued its Background Checks Make A Difference public education campaign with a new advertisement discusses how background checks on all gun sales can help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

This new ad is designed to help inform Washingtonians about the massive loophole in our current law that makes it easy for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill to obtain guns without a background check. In the ad, Kelly, a resident of Issaquah, Washington and a former Ferndale, Washington police officer, describes how easy it is for dangerous people to purchase guns using this loophole with no questions asked. From her perspective as a former law enforcement officer, background checks are simple, common sense, and make a difference in reducing gun violence. Read More >

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTS BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL GUN SALES

August 21, 2014

Seattle, WA – Today, as part of its public education campaign called “Background Checks Make a Difference”, the Center for Gun Responsibility (CGR) is proud that the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is leading a comprehensive effort to make both officers’ and citizens’ lives safer, and continues to strongly support better and more accurate background checks to keep weapons out of the wrong hands. NAPO represents over 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers and more than 1,000 police unions from across the United States and who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.

Background checks make a difference in keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill. But they also serve another purpose. Background checks are also an effective tool that helps law enforcement combat gun traffickers.

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The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence Unanimously Supports Requiring Background Checks for All Firearm Purchases

August 19, 2014

Seattle, WA – Today, as part of its public education campaign called “Background Checks Make a Difference”, the Center for Gun Responsibility (CGR) detailed the support for background checks on all gun sales by the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. The Partnership, a coalition of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations, has been a leader advocating for background checks on all gun sales, which help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, reduce crime, and save lives.

As public safety professionals, the Partnership is committed to working together as a coalition to seek practical responses to reduce gun violence. The Partnership notes that gun violence claims the lives of more than 30 Americans each day. It is also taking a toll on our nation’s law enforcement officers, who risk their own lives to protect the public. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in 2011 firearms were the number one cause of death for police officers killed in the line of duty. “We in law enforcement are on the front lines, and we see the unacceptable toll gun violence takes in communities across America — every single day,” said Baltimore, MD Police Chief Jim Johnson, who Chairs the Partnership in a statement earlier this year. “This is an alarming phenomenon that we cannot allow to continue.” Read More >

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