The White House Champions of Change program features individuals doing extraordinary things to empower, inspire and support members of their communities. Last week, the White House honored nine extraordinary leaders who are making gun violence reduction a top priority. Among these Champions of Change was Chief James Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department (MD). A highly respected leader in his state and at the national level, Chief Johnson is an active voice for law enforcement on the policies and practices that will help reduce gun violence.
Chief Johnson serves as Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, an alliance of law enforcement leadership organizations working to tackle the alarming level of gun violence and its impact to society. The IACP was one of the founding organizations of the partnership and continues to be actively engaged in advocating for gun violence prevention through the partnership.
As Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, Chief Johnson has been an effective advocate calling on the President and Congress to: require background checks for all firearm purchases; improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS); limit high-capacity ammunition magazines; oppose federal preemption of state laws governing the carry of concealed weapons; and strengthen penalties for straw purchasing.
In addition to his national advocacy, Chief Johnson works daily to reduce incidents of gun violence and make his community safer. He played an important role in changing Maryland’s law forbidding assault weapons and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines. By testifying before the Unites States Congress in 2013, he showed support for the expansion of background checks to all purchasers. Through his relentless efforts, Chief Johnson has proven to be a worthy Champion of Change.
To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
For more information on the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, visit http://lepartnership.org. To access no cost IACP gun violence reduction initiative resources click here (http://www.theiacp.org/Gun-Violence-Reduction-Projects).