Chief James Johnson

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence on Capitol Hill. (Reuters photo / January 30, 2013)

Baltimore County police Chief James W. Johnson, along with other law enforcement leaders, will appear at a news conference Wednesday to ask Congress to approve stricter gun laws.

Johnson, chairman of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, also spoke last month at a Senate hearing, along with officials from the National Rifle Association to discuss proposals to strengthen gun control laws.

Johnson, as part of the national police coalition of police organizations, are asking for a ban on new semi-automatic assault weapons, requesting background checks for all firearm buyers, limiting high-capacity magazines to 10 rounds and improving the national criminal background checks.

Opponents argue such measures would unfairly target law-abiding gun owners.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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