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CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe in D.C. to back gun legislation

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe was one of 20 police chiefs who attended a White House news conference Tuesday urging legislators to pass a bill that would increase background checks for gun sales.

After the news conference with Vice President Joe Biden, Monroe met with Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C., concerning his position on gun control legislation, according to a statement from CMPD.

The omnibus gun violence prevention act that Monroe is supporting requires all gun buyers to pass background checks.

Currently, people who buy guns in private sales online or at gun shows don’t have to go through the same checks as people who buy guns through dealers. Earlier this month, Monroe wrote letters to Hagan and Burr, urging them to support the gun bill.

“Police see firsthand the toll that gun violence takes in our schools, on our streets, and among our fellow officers – and we know from experience that our broken gun laws are a significant part of the problem,” he wrote.

Monroe said in the letter that more than 80 percent of inmates who committed gun crimes obtained their guns through private transfers.

“Under current law, the most dangerous people in the country can buy guns without getting a background check, and with no questions asked,” he wrote.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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