QUINCY, Fla. -- Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil will offer counsel on gun violence as part of a panel that will meet with Vice President Biden.
The discussion on gun violence in America takes place today, December 20. The gathering of local, state, and federal officials is in response to the the recent shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting left 20 small children and 6 adults dead.
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 the following:
- 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. At this time, law enforcement around the country considers the issue of the mentally ill on America’s streets to be at a crisis level.
Chief McNeil will return late on Thursday evening.