Police Chief to Residents: Invite Cops in to Search Your Home for Guns
The police chief of Beloit, Wisconsin made waves after asking residents to invite police officers into their homes to search for guns.
Critics called Norm Jacobs' initiative an invasion of privacy and a possible gun grab. But Jacobs argues it's a response to there being seven fatal shootings in the city this year.
He said some people may have a gun in the home and not even know it or there could be child in the home that has altered a toy gun to look like a real one.
More details from Wisconsin Public Radio:
Police Chief Norm Jacobs said he doesn't expect the phone to be ringing off the hook with requests for police to search their homes. He nevertheless hopes the program will encourage people to think about gun violence as an infectious disease like Ebola, and a home inspection like a vaccine to help build up the city's immune system.
"Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we've learned from our health providers,” he said.
Jacobs said he hopes some searches will result in the discovery of guns they didn't know were in their own homes. He said that there’s also a chance they’ll find guns linked to crimes.
“That's really what we're looking for,” he said. “Maybe we'll find a toy gun that's been altered by a youngster in the house — and we know the tragedies that can occur there on occasion.”