Police chiefs throughout the country are calling for universal background checks for anyone purchasing firearms.
The issue was discussed during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference in Chicago. Top officers agreed that checks would aid in keeping guns away from those who shouldn’t carry them.
“This is a no-brainer, this is the simplest thing in the world,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said during the event, according to Reuters. “It troubles me all the time."
The IACP conference occurred Oct. 24-27, and over 14,000 public safety officers from around the country attended.
A recent Gallup poll showed that 55 percent of Americans are in favor of tighter restrictions on gun purchases, which the National Rifle Association has strongly opposed, Reuters reports. Pro-gun advocates argued that stricter background checks could infringe on Second Amendment rights.
“We took on the tobacco industry years ago,” McCarthy said. “We're not going to give up, it's the most obvious thing in the world what we have to do in this country. I have more faith in America."
Currently, background checks apply to licensed firearm dealers, though up to 40 percent of sales come from private parties or gun shows where checks are not a requirement.