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OH, Midwest Police Chiefs Calling for “Back-Up” on Gun Crimes

September 21, 2007

Columbus, OH – Police chiefs from around the Midwest are weighing in on the best ways to prevent gun violence. Springdale police chief Michael Laage helped create the new recommendations for a report released by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Among the ideas: making gun sales easier to trace. He says untraceable guns are serious roadblocks to investigating and solving gun crimes, and stopping the flow of guns to criminals.

"One major area is the requirement that all gun sales take place through licensed dealers, with mandatory background checks."

The report also recommends safe storage laws for guns, mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns, and laws requiring that guns be removed from situations of domestic violence.

Lima police chief Greg Garlock adds it is also important for law enforcement agencies at all levels to work together, to share information about where crime guns are coming from. State and federal attorneys must do their parts too, to fully prosecute crimes in which guns are used.

"When you bring in the various entities, like federal or state, as well as local authorities to work together, and emphasize the criminal side of this, hopefully as a result, we can reduce violence in the community."

To view the full report, visit www.theiacp.org.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH