Police chiefs from across the United States called on Monday for
universal background checks for firearms purchases, saying opinion polls
consistently show that most Americans support such restrictions.
The proliferation of firearms is one of the factors behind a rise in
homicide rates in many U.S. cities this year, according to senior law
enforcement officials at the International Association of Chiefs of
Police conference in Chicago.
Acknowledging the power of the gun lobby and the reluctance of Congress
to enact stricter gun laws, the police chiefs told a news conference
they were not anti-gun but wanted to keep weapons out of the hands of
people with criminal backgrounds.