Thompson to Introduce Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Wednesday

Proposed legislation to be unveiled at Wash., D.C. news conference.


 U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena,  chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, will introduce legislation aimed at helping states keep guns away from criminals and people with a history of dangerous mental illness on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Thompson will introduce the legislation at a press conference at 12:40 p.m. PST in Washington, D.C.  He will be joined at the press conference by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and law enforcement officials. 

Thompson led a series of public forums in the North Bay on the issue in January in the wake of the school shootings in

Prior to Thompson's announcement, a panel of law enforcement leaders will also issue a call for stricter gun legislation.

As part of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, police leaders from across the country will demand that Congress act to end the epidemic of gun violence that kills more than 30 Americans every day.

Law enforcement leaders representing the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives will stand together at a press conference to call on Congress to:

  • Require background checks for all firearm purchasers;
  • Improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), by ensuring that disqualifying records of all prohibited firearms purchasers are contained in the system;
  • Ban new semi-automatic assault weapons; and
  • Limit high-capacity ammunition magazines to ten rounds

Some of the speakers will be:             

  • Chief Jim Johnson, Baltimore County, MD; Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence; and Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC) representative to the Partnership
  • Chief Anne Glavin, California State University, Northridge; President of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)    
  • Chief Terry Cunningham, Wellesley, MA; 4th Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)    
  • Chief John Dixon of Petersburg, Virginia; and 2nd Vice President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)


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MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM
The congress needs to deal with our economy. Gun laws will not stop shootings Anyone who wants to do a sandyhook can at any time. It is called going out and getting a hot gun. Liberals are fools who think the Gang Bangers and the Mentally Insane can be controlled. It is time to retire this do nothing congress during the midterms.
angry February 27, 2013 at 04:52 AM
Ca has already made semi auto rifles useless. Current laws already ban magazines over ten rounds. This is more laws on more of the same. Democrats would have my vote if they would just stop grabbing guns and telling women they don't need a gun. I agree with 80% of democrats but this gun grabbing has got to stop. Makes democrats look like complete idiots. Why don't they control criminals instead.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 09:32 PM
This would not have stopped the Santa Cruz officer killings. The murderer was a felon. How do you stop that Mike Thompson?
Scott Yeager February 27, 2013 at 09:49 PM
So we just do nothing because it wouldn't prevent every possibility from happening?
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Scott Yes we need to do somthing. I feel we need to address the problem from the top down. I would consider the top to be, guns in the hands of the mentally insane and your local Neighborhood felon. Limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines is not a place to start .


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