APD chief pushes for tighter gun control in D.C.

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by SUE TURNER / KVUE News

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Posted on March 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 5:41 PM

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo helped lead another push on Capitol Hill for tighter gun control and background checks.

Thursday a Senate committee passed an assault weapons ban, but it's not expected to have the votes to survive on the Senate floor.

Friday a group of advocates from New York joined congressional members in pushing for legislation to be passed. Across town at the Conservative Political Action Conference, NRA's leader spoke against it.

At a hearing for universal background checks, Chief Acevedo made his argument.

"We outlawed homicide. We still have murders. Does that mean we're still going to legalize murder because we can't stop it? It's ridiculous. We have to act. We have to have courage," Acevedo said.

But legislation remains elusive. The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed four gun control bills, but so far, there is no sign of the 60 votes needed to pass any of them on the Senate floor.

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