From a statement by John J. Norton, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police:

The IACP has supported past and present legislation prohibiting "Saturday Night Specials" and a "cooling" or waiting period prior to purchasing handguns. The IACP's support of these proposals is and has been in response to American law enforcement reviews. The IACP and the law enforcement community are united against the pending McClure/Volkmer Bill which loosens the 1968 Omnibus Gun Control Act. While there are provisions of this bill that make sense and could be endorsed, I cannot in good conscience support the bill in its present form. I have opposed the NRA on these proposals.

Previously I have taken a stance supporting more effective handgun (not gun) control. Specifically, I believe some citizens have the right to possess handguns -- if they are competent in their use by training and knowledgeable in the legal aspects of their use. I believe that no felon, mentally disturbed person, drug or narcotic user, minor, infirmed person, or one incapable of accurately firing a handgun should be allowed to possess same.

I feel that handgun owners should be as responsible for their weapons as they are for their automobiles. They should be required to keep them out of the hands of felons . . . .

I feel that a waiting period . . . is a valid restriction in the availability of handguns to first-time handgun owners. . . . In this regard, law enforcement can and should do a better job of "screening" . . . prospective purchasers. . . .

While I have been proud to be a member of the NRA and support firearms sportsmanship, education and training efforts, my sacred sworn obligation in law enforcement is to protect the public, and this obligation is paramount.