Background Checks Make a Difference

A project of The Center for Gun Responsibility

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.

But currently in Washington, only people buying guns at licensed dealers go through a background check. This loophole makes it easy for criminals and other dangerous people to evade a background check by purchasing guns from unlicensed sellers at gun shows or online.

This is why NAPO has supported federal legislation to improve and expand background checks for all gun purchases. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, NAPO supported H.R. 1565, a bill that would have 1) expanded the existing background check system to cover commercial sales, including sales at gun shows and internet sales; 2) strengthens the existing instant check system by encouraging states to put all of their available records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS); and 3) establishes a National Commission on Mass Violence to study the causes of mass violence in our country. Although the legislation ultimately did not pass through Congress, NAPO continues to advocate for better and more accurate background checks to keep weapons out of the wrong hands.

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police units and associations from across the United States. NAPO was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.

Founded in 1978, NAPO describes itself as the “the strongest unified voice supporting law enforcement officers in the United States.” NAPO represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, over 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers, and more than 100,000 citizens who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.