Quincy Police Chief Summoned to White House

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UPDATED 12.21.2012 by Julie Montanaro

McNeil is one of about two dozen law enforcement representatives who met with the vice president and cabinet yesterday.

That group is tasked with coming up with specific recommendations to try to prevent other massacres like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary.

McNeil says they brain stormed for about two and a half hours.

"We talked about specifically banning assault weapons, making sure there are background checks that every person has to go through when they purchase a weapon. We talked about making sure that ammunition can't be purchased in bulk over the internet," McNeil said Friday.

McNeil was invited as the immediate past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

He says all of the law enforcement reps were asked to submit recommendations in writing by January.

Quincy Press Release: Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil Summoned To White House by Vice President Joe Biden to Offer Counsel on Gun Violence

Quincy, FL - December 20, 2012 - Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil has been summoned to Washington, D.C. today to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and a panel of others on the issue of gun violence in America.

The impetus for this meeting of local, state and federal officials is the recent shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut where a gunman armed with a military style assault rifle blasted his way through an elementary school killing 20 small children and 6 adults.

The Chief will be representing law enforcement chiefs and officers around the country as the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Issues to be discussed during the meeting include:

· Reducing gun violence nationally

· Assault weapons

· Closing gun show loopholes

· Fighting illegal firearms

· Firearms offender registry

· Additional resources to enforce existing firearms laws

· Firearms purchase waiting periods

The meeting will also touch on the issue of police responding to persons with mental illness. Law enforcement around the country considers the issue of the mentally ill on America’s streets to be at a crisis level.

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