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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.”

In a press release detailing the Partnership’s support for background checks on all sales, Wellesley, MA Police Chief Terry M. Cunningham, 4th Vice President of International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) said, “Background checks work and have stopped more than two million prohibited purchases since 1994, when the Brady Law took effect.  As law enforcement professionals, we know countless lives have been saved because background checks thwarted those two million purchases. It is obvious we can save so many more lives if we expand background checks to all sales.”

“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. “This is an alarming phenomenon that we cannot allow to continue.”

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (the Partnership) lepartnership.org is an alliance of the nation’s law enforcement leadership organizations concerned about the unacceptable level of gun violence in the United States. The Partnership is working to address the pervasive nature of gun violence and its horrific impact on community and officer safety. The Partnership is comprised of:

  • The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
  • Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA)
  • National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
  • Police Foundation (PF)

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    For more information, please visit backgroundmakeadifference.org or contact Molly Boyajian at press@centerforgunsponsibility.org or 206-930-1555