More than 25 police officials from around the country will gather in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon for a press conference during which they will demand a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and push for background checks on all firearms purchasers.
It is part of an effort by the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, and they will be represented by:
• Chief Jim Johnson, Baltimore County, MD; Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence; and Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC) representative to the Partnership
• Chief Anne Glavin, California State University, Northridge; President of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
• Chief Terry Cunningham, Wellesley, MA; 4th Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
• Chief John Dixon of Petersburg, Virginia; and 2nd Vice President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
They also want to limit magazine capacity to ten rounds and improve the National Instant Check System by adding to the database the “disqualifying records of all prohibited firearms purchasers.”
The event will unfold starting at 1:15 p.m. eastern time at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. According to a press release announcing the event, “The Partnership 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 includes the following member organizations, all of which support expanding background checks to all firearm purchasers, improving records in NICS, and banning new ammunition magazines in excess of ten rounds.”
Gun rights activists can now wonder whether all of these people will have the same knowledge level of the California top cop who made the demonstrably false assertion several days ago that firearms are not defensive weapons.
The member list of this “partnership” includes the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, Police Executive Research Forum, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the Police Foundation.
Noticeably absent from this gathering are any of the sheriffs from around the country who have announced they will not enforce any unconstitutional firearms regulations. That list includes 30 of New Mexico’s 33 county sheriffs, several Oregon sheriffs, a couple here in Washington and various others who may or may not be members of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.
This column earlier discussed the difference between elected sheriffs and political police officials.