The Norman Transcript


March 1, 2013

Police chief attends national conference on gun violence



All literature related to the event focused on various areas in reducing gun violence. Participants had the chance to meet with key lawmakers, attend a senate hearing, discuss universal background checks for criminals and mental consumers, and other topics.  

“I spoke with Sen. Inhofe’s staff and I spoke with Congressman Cole this morning and emphasized my part was to discuss education and background checks,” Humphrey said. “I’m here to discuss the safety of the community.

“I made it very clear to the facilitators that my focus would be on strengthening firearms purchaser background checks, and particularly adding Oklahoma mental health records to the federal system. I also explained that I would be representing NOBLE strictly on the aforementioned topics only,” Humphrey said. “I also made it clear that I was not willing to discuss banning firearms or high capacity magazines.”

On Wednesday morning, Humphrey was told he would be attending a senate hearing related to reducing gun violence.

At the hearing Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced the police chiefs by state. That introduction led some Norman residents to question if Humphrey was there to support a gun ban. He was not.

“I had no idea this would occur,” Humphrey said. “I can see how someone watching and not knowing the background information would be concerned about her comments and introductions.

“The ironic part of this is that shortly following the introduction many of us had to leave to attend other activities,” he said. “I never met with her or any representatives from her office.”


Joy Hampton





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