MADISON (WKOW) -- A group of police chiefs want more people who buy guns to go through background checks.
Members of the Wisconsin Police Chiefs Association made their plea for expanded background checks at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Currently there are no background checks required for people who buy firearms at gun shows, which account for about 40 percent of all sales.
The chiefs want Congress to close that loophole.
"With public support nearly unanimous and a law enforcement united, there is no way a politician should say not to this common sense measure," said Oregon Police Chief Doug Pettit.
The chiefs met with Republican U.S. Senate candidates Tommy Thompson and Eric Hovde this week to encourage their support of such a measure.
The WPCA also wants to see mental health and drug abuse records required to be a part of all background checks.
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