BELLEVUE, WA â€“ For more than two months, a damning report on a five-year study by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about how cop-killing criminals ignore gun laws and where they get their guns has languished in the shadows, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms revealed today.
â€œThe public has a right to know the contents of this report, which was revealed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police last year,â€ said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. â€œAccording to the Force Science News, research focused on 40 incidents involving assaults or deadly attacks on police officers, in which all but one of the guns involved had been obtained illegally, and none were obtained from gun shows.â€
The study is called â€œViolent Encounters: A Study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nationâ€™s Law Enforcement Officers.â€ Waldron called it a â€œsmoking gunâ€ in terms of revelations about the sources of crime guns. Anti-gun politicians and police chiefs do not want the public to know as they campaign against the so-called â€œgun show loophole,â€ he said.
The newsletter quotes Ed Davis, who told the IACP that none of these criminals who attacked police officers was â€œhindered by any law â€“ federal, sate or local â€“ that has ever been established to prevent gun ownership. They just laughed at gun laws.â€ The Force Science News is published by the Force Science Research Center, a non-profit institution based at Minnesota State University in Mankato. The newsletter also stated, â€œIn contrast to media myth, none of the firearms in the study was obtained from gun shows.â€
â€œThis is a devastating revelation,â€ Waldron said, â€œand while Mr. Davis should be applauded for telling the IACP that criminals ignore gun laws, weâ€™re wondering why the IACP has been quiet about this, and why the mainstream press never reported this, and probably never will.
â€œForce Science News calls the gun show loophole a â€˜media mythâ€™,â€ Waldron said, â€œand thatâ€™s what gun rights activists have been saying for years. Itâ€™s time for the IACP leadership to acknowledge that gun laws donâ€™t stop criminals, that they only restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, and that gun shows are not the â€˜arms bazaars for criminalsâ€™ as they have been portrayed.â€