The Austin Police Chief was in Washington D.C. Friday. U.S. lawmakers there are looking to pass a law implementing universal background checks for gun purchases.
Chief Acevedo testified in a hearing for a gun violence prevention task force, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He told lawmakers that the current system has loopholes that give easy access to weapons for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill.
He ended his testimony by saying, "as chiefs, we are sworn to protect. The officers who safeguard our citizens will continue to face these threats until congress adopts appropriate legislation. A universal background check is not only requested it is required to properly vet the purchase and sale of all firearms."