At hearing on gun violence, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was interrupted by a police chief who told Graham he's "wrong" on the way advanced background checks might work.
Graham argued that enhanced checks are pointless because current laws would be adequate if they were enforced properly. He implied that police currently don't enforce the law.
Graham suggested the current problem is that police don't prosecute people who fail background checks. Police Chief Edward A. Flynn interrupted to say that's nonsense, because the background check stops those who fail from buying guns illegally. Flynn added that he's not going to do "paperwork prosecutions."
We have priorities, we make gun cases. We make 2,000 gun cases a year, senator. That's our priority. We're not in a paper chase. We're trying to prevent the wrong people from buying guns, that's why we do background checks. If you think I'm gonna do a paper chase, then you think I'm gonna misuse my resources.
Flynn's comments sparked applause from the Senate hearing's audience.