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Kennedy on Reducing Gun Violence in our Communities

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It's an honor to be here with the Chiefs of Police to take this stand against the escalating gun violence in our communities. We all know what needs to be done and it's a scandal that we have done so little for so long.

We need to strengthen Brady Law background checks for gun purchases, especially for persons with mental illness.

We need to close the gun show loophole once and for all.

We need to renew the assault weapons ban.

We need to pass Senator Feinstein's bill for stricter requirements on the sale of extremely dangerous fifty-caliber sniper rifles.

We need to amend federal law to ensure that all cop killer bullets are banned.

The Chiefs' compelling report and specific recommendations are a clear call to action. Without further delay, Congress and the Administration need to do our part by enacting concrete reforms that will reduce crime and protect the safety of police officers and all Americans.

I commend the IACP for its outstanding leadership and for its impressive work in producing this ground-breaking report. I'm hopeful that we can work together, across party lines, to reduce gun violence, solve gun crimes, protect our police officers and do all that we can to make our communities safer.

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