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Austin Police Chief pushes for gun background checks in D.C.

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Austin's top cop has made it clear he's all for universal background checks on gun purchases. At a rally at the State Capitol last weekend, Chief Art Acevedo spoke passionately about what he believes is the way to curb gun violence.

"People that have proven that they want to do harm to themselves or others, we should have an ability to keep firearms out of their hands," Acevedo said.

Now, he's taking his fight to Washington D.C. Tuesday, Chief Acevedo tweeted a picture of himself in the West Wing of the White House. He's there meeting with Vice President Joe Biden along with other law enforcement officials from around the country to push for legislation calling for universal background checks.

"I made it clear from my perspective and the perspective of law enforcement around the country that we need to get this done, we need to protect our neighbors, friends, family members and at the same token respect the gun rights of lawful Americans," he told FOX 7 over the phone Tuesday afternoon.

He added that residents in Austin, one of the fastest growing cities in the country, have a reason to care about this issue.

"With that growth, we're going to end up being impacted more and more by violence, more and more by gun violence," Acevedo said.

While some lawmakers resist universal background checks, Chief Acevedo will continue to push for what he says is common sense.

"For those that think the government is going to come out and take our guns, it never will happen. This is about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, keeping guns out of people aren't mentally sound and in the hands of where they belong: law abiding, responsible gun owners," Acevedo said.

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