Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo on Sunday criticized a new Texas measure that would end most handgun licensing requirements in the state, calling the proposal “ridiculous” and in opposition to the wishes of the police.
Acevedo, who led the Houston Police Department for five years before taking first place in the Miami force in April, suggested during an appearance on CBS News “Face the Nation” that the so-called draft law of “constitutional portage” could encourage the officers. more difficult work.
“Look, there is something that God has given us and that is common sense,” Acevedo told host John Dickerson. “And common sense tells us it’s ridiculous. Law enforcement, police chiefs, sheriffs, police have stood up together and made it clear that we do not support constitutional postponement here in Texas or anywhere else in this country.
The bill, approved by the Republican-controlled Texas legislature last week, would allow people to carry handguns without a license, and the background checks and training that go with it.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said he would sign the measure despite opposition from law enforcement groups who have warned the bill could endanger the safety of the public and police. Texas already has some of the most flexible gun laws in the country.
“Most American gun owners do not support constitutional deferral,” Acevedo said Sunday, adding that Abbott only wanted to sign the bill to “appear” as though he cares about the police.
“They only support Blue in word,” he continued. “Now is the time to support Blue in the act by vetoing this bill. Either you are in law enforcement or you stand with the misfits who believe everyone should have a gun, regardless of their character, ability or mental ability.
Acevedo urged Congress and local lawmakers to take action against gun violence or risk a continued increase in violent crime in major cities. According to The Gun Violence Archive, there have been more than a dozen mass murders – which the group defines as four or more people killed – across the United States in 2021 so far.
Earlier on Sunday, a mass shooting erupted in Hialeah, about 20 miles northwest of Miami, outside a banquet hall rented for a concert. At least two people died and more than 20 others were injured when three gunmen opened fire on the crowd, authorities said.
“They have to come out of their own bends – left and right – and come in the middle, where most Americans are,” Acevedo said on Sunday. “We need to have universal background checks. We need to make the burglary of these gun stores a federal crime with mandatory penalties. “
“And we need the federal government and both parties to tackle this problem,” he added, “because without legislation … we’re never going to get through this summer without a lot more deaths and destruction. ”
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