Mayors, Police Chiefs Call For Action On Gun Laws

Alan Scaia
September 10, 2019 - 12:02 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A group of mayors and police chiefs from across the country has traveled to Washington D.C. to ask for stronger gun laws.

Eight mayors, two police chiefs and one former chief have been meeting with advisers to the president and members of the U.S. Senate.

The trip was organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and included Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. The group is calling for universal background checks and "red flag laws."

"It doesn't affect people's due process at all, but it helps protect others and protect themselves," Price says. "This is not gun control. This is standardizing background checks so everyone who is purchasing a gun is treated the same."

Right now, Acevedo says someone could abuse his wife and leave before police arrive. He says that person would still be allowed to buy a gun.

"That night, we could actually get an arrest warrant, and as it stands in this country today, that suspect can go and buy a firearm because we can't even put him in the system as a person who poses a risk in this country," Acevedo says. "Without that flag, they're going to finish the job."

The group met with senior advisers to the president Monday.

"The conversation with the senior advisers to the president was a great conversation, but we need to turn that conversation into action," Acevedo says. "Law enforcement needs help; our communities need help."

"They were listening, they were very optimistic," Price says. "They told us they were looking at a suite of solutions in hopes they can address several different areas and try to make it palatable to many different people."

Tuesday, the mayors and chiefs are meeting with members of the U.S. Senate.