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Giffords Law Enforcement Coalition

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Working to Make Our Communities Safer from Gun Violence

Our nation’s law enforcement officers are some of the foremost experts on guns and responsible gun ownership, and they know that with rights come serious responsibilities. They understand what guns can do in the hands of trained people—and what can happen when guns fall into the hands of dangerous people who want to do us and our communities harm.

The Giffords Law Enforcement Coalition is a national initiative that brings together law enforcement officials from across the country who are committed to fighting for safer gun laws. Members of the Giffords Law Enforcement Coalition support the Second Amendment, believe that with freedom comes responsibility, and are focused on:

  • Combating dangerous legislation that would federally mandate concealed carry and lift restrictions on firearm silencers
  • Supporting stronger gun laws and ensuring lawmakers and stakeholders have the resources and training they need to prevent gun tragedies
  • Encouraging leaders to give law enforcement the tools they need to keep our communities safe

“As law enforcement members, each of us swears an oath to protect our Constitution and our communities. But we also know that our rights come with serious responsibilities. Making our communities safer from gun violence shouldn’t have to be a partisan idea—it’s just a commonsense idea.”

Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff

Advisory Committee

The Coalition is led by an Advisory Committee that is made up of a diverse group of law enforcement officials from across the country. Members of the Giffords Law Enforcement Coalition include:

  • Commissioner John Barbieri, Springfield Police Department, Springfield, MA
  • Commissioner Charles Ramsey (Ret.), Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia, PA
  • Director B. Todd Jones (Ret.), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Sheriff Mike Reese, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Multnomah County, OR
  • Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas, TX
  • Chief Andrew Bidou, Vallejo Police Department, Vallejo, CA
  • Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.), Redlands Police Department, CA and President of the Police Foundation
  • Chief Robert Champagne (Ret.), Peabody Police Department, Peabody, MA
  • Chief Louis Dekmar, LaGrange Police Department, LaGrange, GA
  • Chief Ivan Fossen (Ret.), Glenwood Police Department, Glenwood, MN
  • Chief Michael Gahagan, Caribou Police Department, Caribou, ME
  • Chief Jeffrey Hadley, Chatham County Police Department, GA
  • Chief Scott Knight, Chaska Police Department, Chaska, MN
  • Chief Ron Louie (Ret.), Hillsboro Police Department, Hillsboro, OR
  • Chief Chris Magnus, Tucson Police Department, Tucson, AZ
  • Chief James Moore, Rocky Mount Police Department, Rocky Mount, NC
  • Chief Kathleen O’Toole, Seattle Police Department, Seattle, WA
  • Chief Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Department, Portland, ME
  • Chief Paul Schnell, Maplewood Police Department, Maplewood, MN

The Facts

Every day, 93 Americans are killed with a gun, and over 200 are left injured.

Over 90% of officers feloniously killed in the line of duty died from being shot with a gun.

In states that have closed background check loopholes for gun sales, 53% fewer on-duty law enforcement officers are murdered with a gun.

Speaking Up

Law Enforcement Officers OPPOSE Deregulating Silencers:

  • Law Enforcement Partnership: “Before these ill-considered changes to existing firearms law, the primary target for silencer manufacturers has been military tactical teams who use silencers to confuse the sound of gunfire and confound an enemy’s response to surprise attack. The widespread and uncontrolled distribution of silencers to an unwary civilian population, combined with the sheer number of firearms freely available in America, is a step in the wrong direction and will result in tragedy, including violence directed at police officers that will be difficult or impossible to investigate effectively.” [Letter to Congress, 03/10/2017]
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Chief Hank Stawinski: “Silencers only exacerbate the danger because it makes it difficult for officers to figure out where gunfire is coming from. That by itself in the era of the active shooter is a concern. This is not the moment to change.” [Washington Post, 05/16/2017]
  • Cook County, Illinois Sheriff Tom Dart: “Would it further embolden people? Sure it would, how would it not, part and parcel of shootings is that people are trying not to get caught so now you are infecting something that increases the chances that you won’t get caught” [ABC 7 Chicago, 4/30/17]
  • Wapol, Massachusetts Police Chief John Carmichael: “While suppressors do not mask the sound emitted from a firearm as much as we frequently see in Hollywood movies, they may muffle it enough that someone nearby would be unaware of a shot fired. Some Massachusetts communities even use technology such as ShotSpotter to alert law enforcement of possible shots fired in order to respond quickly and deploy necessary assets. Since suppressors also reduce muzzle flash, especially in low light conditions, and reduce recoil and muzzle position, they pose an additional threat to law enforcement during critical incidents involving shooters, as it hinders their ability to pinpoint the perpetrator’s location.”  [The Boston Globe, 08/04/17]
  • Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: “[Silencers] Could silence those weapons just like military grade weapons. We don’t need them in the streets of Chicago.” [WTTW Chicago, 02/28/17]
  • Retired Trenton, New Jersey Police Sgt. Luddie Austin: “If we hear the sound of gunfire, we direct our attention to where the sound is coming from.”  [The Star-Ledger, 03/6/17]
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley: Hadley said deregulating silencers can pose a safety threat to law enforcement officers, and couldn’t think of the benefit silencers would have to citizens seeking to defend themselves. [MLive Media Network, 03/8/17]
  • Augusta, Maine Police Chief Robert Gregoire: “I don’t think they’re necessary for home protection and I don’t think they’re necessary for hunting” [Reuters, 03/8/16]
  • Retired SWAT Commander for the LA County Sheriff’s Department Sid Heal: “Sid Heal, a leader at the National Tactical Officers Association and a retired SWAT commander for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, said he doesn’t support the easing of regulations around silencers and that the risks outweigh the gains.” [NPR, 03/21/2017]

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