Chief Flynn and U.S. Senator clash during gun control hearing

Flynn calls background checks a "paper issue"

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by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE -- Chief Ed Flynn came out in support of a ban on so called assault weapons during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

But he was challenged by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on the issue of enforcing existing laws, in particular, prosecuting those who lie on background checks.

"I'm a bit frustrated, " Senator Graham said, "that we say one thing, but how in the real world we do absolutely nothing to enforce the laws on the books."

 "Just for the record from my point of view, Senator,, " Chief Flynn countered, "the purpose of a background check-"

But Graham cut him off, "How many cases have you made?
 

Flynn responded, "It doesn't matter. It's a paper thing. I want to finish the answer."


Graham: "Can I ask a question? "

Flynn:" I want to stop 76,000 people from buying guns illegally, that's what a background check does."

Graham: "How many AR-15s are illegally owned?"

Flynn: "If you think we're going to do paperwork prosecutions, you're wrong."

Senator Diane Feinstein of California who's sponsoring the ban interrupted and said the proceedings must remain civil.

 

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