March 25, 2010
CHIEFS OF POLICE
LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR THE 111TH CONGRESS
Just a few items that the IACP is working on;
ARMOR PIERCING AMMUNITION
The IACP supports legislation and policies that will prohibit the sale or transfer of armor piercing ammunition. In addition, the IACP believes that process utilized to determine whether a round of ammunition is armor piercing should include performance based testing conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
BRADY EXTENSION ACT
The IACP has gone on record supporting a waiting period for the purchase of a handgun. In the past, waiting periods have not only served as time for a thorough background investigation, but also as an informal cooling off period for handgun purchasers. However, the time needed to perform most background checks has become obsolete due to transition to the National Instant Check Background System (NICS). Nevertheless, the IACP believes there must still be a cooling off period in place before an individual can purchase a handgun. Therefore, the IACP supports the Brady Extension Act, legislation to create a mandatory five-day waiting period prior to the completion of a handgun purchase.
ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN
First passed in 1994, the assault weapons ban required domestic gun manufacturers to stop production of semiautomatic assault weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds except for military or police use. While the ban was in place, it was remarkably effective in reducing the number of crimes involving assault weapons. In the period of the ban, (1994- 2004) the proportion of assault weapons traced to crimes fell by a dramatic 66 percent. Assault weapons are routinely the weapons of choice for gang members and drug dealers. They are regularly encountered in drug busts and are all too often used against police officers. In fact, one in five law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty between January 1, 1998, and December 31, 2001, was killed with an assault weapon
The IACP believes that the collection and examination of DNA evidence is the next step in the technological advancement of the art and science of crime investigation. Unfortunately, the potential of DNA identification technology as a crime fighting/solving tool is not being realized due to the underfunding of forensic laboratories and the limitations on sample collection. Therefore, the IACP strongly supports legislation that authorizes the taking of DNA samples from individuals at the time of arrest. In addition, the IACP also supports the taking of DNA samples from all felons at the time of their release from prison. In addition, because of state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies’ ever-increasing collection of DNA samples and evidence, the IACP strongly supports increased federal funding designed to support state, local and tribal efforts to make greater use of DNA technology, including funding to analyze both convicted offender and crime scene DNA samples.
The IACP supports federal legislation that would establish national standards for the issuance of
driver’s licenses, if the following conditions are met. The legislation should:
1. Require that licenses contain both a unique identifier, such as a fingerprint, and anti- counterfeiting security devices.
2. Encourage states to link databases so licensing agencies and law enforcement personnel in
other states can access an individuals’ criminal and motor vehicle traffic violation history to
assist in the identification of potential criminal suspects or problem drivers.
3. Increase the penalties for identity theft and fraud
4. Provide states with incentives to act and not penalize states with sanctions for the failure to act.
In addition, the IACP supports legislation to require that identifying information about all motor vehicle operators is included in a bar code on motor vehicle licenses that would interface with state and federal law enforcement and motor vehicle agencies when scanned.
The IACP urges Congress to increase resources to better allow state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and the Department of Justice to enable greater prosecution of individuals for Brady Act violations. In addition, the IACP supports programs firearms enforcement programs that involve local, state and federal agencies, such as Project Safe Neighborhoods and Project Exile, which have shown significant reductions in firearms-related violent crime
Read more about Project Safe Neighborhoods http://www.vdare.com/roberts/more_injustice.htm
The IACP supports legislation that would provide the federal government with the jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute the most serious bias motivated crimes in which the violence occurs because of the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. However, federal jurisdiction must be limited to those cases where state, local and tribal authorities are either unwilling or unable to act
ILLEGAL FIREARMS TRAFFICKING/ FIREARMS TRACING
The IACP opposes any legislation that would limit or reduce the ability of our nation’s law enforcement agencies to combat the sale of illegal guns. The IACP believes that the ability to trace illegal firearms effectively plays a critical role in law enforcement’s ability to protect communities from the scourge of firearms violence. The IACP is opposed to the “Tiahrt Amendment” restricts the ATF’s ability to share vital gun trace information with its state and local counterparts, which severely limits the ability of those agencies to conduct critical investigations designed to identify and apprehend corrupt firearms dealers and the traffickers they supply. The IACP strongly believes that these provisions, and others like them, put our citizens and our officers at risk. Therefore, the IACP strongly supports efforts to repeal the Tiahrt amendment and any piece of legislation containing provisions that would weaken law enforcement’s ability to trace illegal firearms.
More info on the Tiahrt Amendment http://www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?id=208
MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECKS
The federal Gun Control Act of 1968 stipulates that individuals “engaged in the business” of selling firearms must possess a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Holders of FFLs are required to conduct background checks and maintain a record of all their firearm sales. Certain gun sales and transfers between private individuals, however, are exempt from this requirement. Those who would fail a background check can access firearms through these sources. Unlike an FFL, the seller is not required to conduct a background check to determine whether the purchaser is prohibited from purchasing and possessing a gun. Federal, state, local and tribal laws should be enacted to close these loopholes. If all gun sales proceed through an FFL, a single, consistent system for conducting gun sales, including background checks, will be established.
More info about private gun sales and mandatory background checks http://amazinglyenough.blogspot.com/2009/05/anti-gun-senate-to-ban-private-gun.html
Despite the tireless work of the nation’s law enforcement officers, nearly 40 percent of homicides go unsolved. A new technology—Microstamping—will give police more precise investigative leads to pursue suspects. Microstamping is a form of ballistics identification that uses laser technology to engrave the firearm’s serial number on the cartridge. With the use of this technology, officers who collect cartridge evidence at a crime scene can identify the make, model and serial number of the gun from which it was fired. All firearms produced or sold should be fitted with microstamping technology so that law enforcement can further criminal investigations and enhance public safety and calls on all governments to enact legislation that will allow for the implementation of microstamping technology.
More on microstamping http://www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?ID=246
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