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Milwaukee's top cop urges feds to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines

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A Palmetto M4 assault rifle is seen at the Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo store in Parker, Colorado July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A Palmetto M4 assault rifle is seen at the Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo store in Parker, Colorado July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Milwaukee’s police chief is urging U.S. senators to approve a nationwide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Ed Flynn told the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington Wednesday that seven of his officers were shot with semi-automatic and assault weapons over the last three years.

Flynn repeated his earlier contention that a nearly constant string of murders in Milwaukee represents, “slow-motion mass murder every single year.”

The chief also pointed to the 20 students killed in the Newtown Connecticut school massacre, asking, “Is 20 babies enough to say these implements of murder should not be distributed?”

The bill pending in the Senate would also require standardized background checks for all gun purchases, including one-to-one sales and those at gun shows.

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham asked the Milwaukee chief how many cases he pursued against those failing background checks. Flynn responded, “We don’t chase paper. We chase armed criminals.”

The bill faces an uncertain fate in the Democratically-controlled Senate, and certain opposition in the GOP House.

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