Police Chief Group Pushing Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Propaganda

Police Chief Group Pushing Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Propaganda
Police Chief Group Pushing Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Propaganda

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) claims to be the world’s largest and most influential professional association for senior police executives, and like many of its members and major donors, it is devoutly anti-gun.

An investigation by the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project revealed that the top IACP donors include billionaire Michael Bloomberg and other staunch anti-gun groups, and based upon an anti-gun propaganda piece the IACP recently published, Bloomberg and his ilk are getting their money’s worth.

Formed in 1893, the IACP claims to have 31,000 members in more than 165 countries.

“The IACP is a recognized leader in global policing, committed to advancing safer communities through thoughtful, progressive police leadership,” its website states.

There’s an important distinction to be made between elected county sheriffs and the politically appointed chiefs of police who comprise the IACP. Sheriffs are answerable to the people. If a sheriff makes an unpopular decision, such as promoting an anti-gun agenda, the voters can remove them from office. Chiefs of police, however, are answerable to whoever appointed them to office, usually a city manager who serves at the pleasure of a city council. As a result, police chiefs tend to mirror the politics of their bosses. Large metropolitan cities that historically have been controlled by Democratic administrations appoint fellow Democrats as chiefs of police, and it is these anti-rights chiefs who dominate the IACP committees and senior leadership.

One of the IACP’s latest stories, “Ghost Guns: Profits for Illegal Manufacturers, Concealment for Criminals and Terrorists Worldwide.” which was published in the November issue of IACP’s Police Chief magazine, is clear evidence that the IACP chiefs are nothing but paid propagandists with gold badges in their billfolds.

Ghost Guns Profits for Illegal Manufacturers IACP 2021
Ghost Guns Profits for Illegal Manufacturers IACP 2021 Screengrab

The use of the term ghost gun betrays the IACP’s and the authors’ intent, which is to defame any American who builds firearms in their homes, even though Americans were building firearms in their homes long before there was the United States of America.

Homebuilt firearms are perfectly legal, despite the author’s ghost gun label, which is just the latest in a long line of focus-group-honed anti-gun pejoratives, such as Saturday Night Special, Cop Killer bullets, and, of course, assault weapons.

Follow The Money

The IACP is a nonprofit 501c(3) with assets totaling more than $33 million. According to its most recent IRS Form 990, in 2019 the IACP received more than $16 million in grants and contributions. The document does not specify the exact source of the funds – the actual grantors or contributors. However, all of the IACP’s major donors, which it lists on its website are either solely devoted to banning guns or have large anti-gun programs.

The number-one group the IACP credits with helping support its efforts is the Bloomberg Foundation – part of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vast anti-gun empire, which includes Everytown for Gun Safety, Demanding Moms, and The Trace.

Also listed is the lesser-known Joyce Foundation, which operates its own “gun violence” prevention program. Its goals are to:

  • Advance and implement federal, state, and local policies and practices that reduce easy accessibility of guns to those at risk of violence
  • Support policies to reduce easy accessibility of guns to those at risk of violence
  • Reduce the next generation’s exposure to gun violence through education on the risks of gun ownership
  • Litigate to defend evidence-based gun policies and challenge extreme gun rights policies and practices

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is another source of grant funding for the police chief group. The two left-wing billionaires have invested more than $20 million in anti-gun research seeking “the causes of and solutions to gun violence in America.”

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation, yet another major IACP donor, supports “direct services, police legitimacy, and gun policy—to create the conditions for violence prevention and reduction.”

Other IACP donors include the U.S. Departments of Justice, State, and Transportation, in addition to the Target Corporation and NBA legend Michael Jordan.

That all of its major donors are anti-gun could not be a coincidence, but is instead a pattern and practice of behavior, which are strong words in law enforcement circles.

Advocacy, Not Journalism

In 2018, IACP members passed a resolution “warning of the threat posed by untraceable firearms made through 3D printing and unfinished frames and receivers.”

The resolution states: “The availability of online code for the 3D printing of firearms and firearm parts increases the risk that dangerous people, including felons, domestic abusers, and other people prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law, as well as terrorists and criminals around the world, will evade background check requirements and obtain a firearm.”

The “ghost gun” story that appeared in Police Chief this month was written in support of this resolution and in support of a rule change proposed by the ATF, which would require manufacturers of firearms parts kits to be federally licensed, pay Federal Firearms Excise Tax, require ATF Form 4473s from customers, conduct NICS background checks and follow ATF recordkeeping requirements.

To be clear, the story was not designed to inform or educate IACP members. It was written to support the ATF’s and the IACP’s latest anti-gun effort – their senseless war against homebuilt firearms.

Not surprisingly, both of the authors who wrote the ghost gun story are retired ATF agents.

Not Fooling Anyone

The story makes some bold claims, which are anecdotal and not supported by any data:

  • “According to estimates based on data from ATF’s National Tracing Center, approximately 10,000 privately manufactured firearms (PMFs) or ‘ghost guns’ were recovered by law enforcement in 2019.
  • The Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Los Angeles Field Division reported in January 2021 that 41 percent of the division’s cases involve ghost guns.
  • A May 2019 statewide analysis in California found that 30 percent of all guns recovered in connection with a crime in the state did not have serial numbers.
  • Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Sheree Briscoe stated that the Baltimore, Maryland, Police Department has recovered 126 ghost guns in 2020, 15 of which were involved in homicides and shootings, a 400 percent increase from the previous year.”

The high numbers of firearms without serial numbers make it clear what the ATF and the authors are doing: They are combining the number of recovered homebuilt firearms with recovered commercially-made firearms, which have had their serial numbers illegally removed.

No Comment

Emails sent to the IACP’s media contact were not returned. The emails contained one question: Does your data differentiate between homebuilt firearms that were legally made without a serial number and commercially-made firearms that had their serial numbers illegally altered or removed?

An IACP staffer who answered the phone said the group “was currently between media people.” She promised that Sarah Guy, a senior adviser to the IACP, would speak on behalf of the organization and answer questions for this story. Ms. Guy never returned calls.

The ghost gun story was written by Joseph Vince and Hugo Barrera – both retired ATF agents.

Vince describes himself as a professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland. (The college’s website says he is a lecturer.) According to his bio, Vince spent 30 years as an ATF agent before joining the college as Director of Criminal Justice Programs.

“Due to Vince’s vast experience involving the diversion of firearms for illegal purposes, he was appointed the United States’ representative to the United Nations Working Group on Small Arms Proliferation,” his bio states. “This group was tasked with devising a comprehensive plan to enable nations to work together in thwarting the flow of small arms to criminals and terrorists.”

Barrera, according to his bio, joined the ATF in 1983. His career included an appointment to the ATF’s Office of Professional Responsibility (Internal Affairs), and a stint as the Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Miami Field Division. Barrera currently heads the South Florida High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Neither Vince nor Barrera returned calls seeking comment about their story.

Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer. (Photo courtesy Klickitat County Sheriff’s Department.)

Hype, Not Threat

Bob Songer is the Sheriff of Klickitat County, Washington.

When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee shut down public gatherings and non-essential businesses – which included churches and gun shops – in response to COVID-19, Sheriff Songer publicly refused to enforce the governor’s order.

“Not allowing citizens to attend church or firearm dealers to conduct business is a violation of the First Amendment and the Second Amendment, but the Governor has no problem allowing marijuana shops to stay open for business,” Sheriff Songer posted on his department’s website. “As Sheriff I will uphold our citizens’ constitutional rights and liberties and will NOT ENFORCE Governor Inslee’s COVID-19 Proclamation Orders on public gatherings and non-essential businesses.”

Asked Monday whether “ghost guns” were showing up at crime scenes in Klickitat County, Sheriff Songer said;

“No. Hell, no. Ghost guns are just BS spread out there like assault weapons to get naïve people not familiar with firearms running scared like a bunch of sheep. I’ve heard of ghost guns, but I haven’t seen a single one.”

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman. (Photo courtesy Sheriff Hoffman.)

Kurt Hoffman is the Sheriff of Sarasota County, Florida.

Sheriff Hoffman, too, has not seen any homebuilt firearms show up in crime scenes.

“I haven’t seen one single one,” he said. “The term ‘ghost gun’ is rhetoric created by anti-gun people. It’s a buzzword that could eventually become reality the more it’s used, like ‘assault weapons.’ The more that ‘ghost guns’ get into our lexicon, the more it becomes a false narrative, from this sheriff’s position.”

Said Hoffman: “As Sheriff of one of the largest Sheriff’s Offices in Florida, I am not involved in any IACP training or activities because of this very reason: It is intellectually dishonest to write that kind of an article.”

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.


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The IACP is not now or never has been representative of mainstream Law Enforcement. They have always been trash but have evolved into liberal,socialist,tyrants only to please their handlers and safeguard their pensions. It makes me sick.


Just a bunch of politicians wearing badges.


Think of them as the UN of cops. Enough said.

uncle dudley

If Ghost guns are everywhere then why does the big drug cartels still buy regular firearms from their sources.
You would think since they are so good at making and selling drugs they would also be making firearms.
This cop association is just another ant-gun group putting out lies, and the U.S. government shouldn’t be giving them a cent.


Too influential for that. From what I hear, the gangs are making their own ghost guns. Give it a few years and lets see what transpires.

Paul Valone

The IACP has been a tool for gun control since they lined up on the Capitol steps for Bill Clinton to push the misnamed “Recreational Firearms Owners’ Protection Act? (aka the “assault weapon” ban) in 1994. I haven’t kept up with them lately, but the NATIONAL Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) was the organization that traditionally supported the Second Amendment.

Last edited 11 months ago by Paul Valone

Of course these PIGS are endorsing this crap. They’re PIGS after all. Death to Tyrants!!!


In other words, nothing new. Government thugs have always supported government thugs.


It’s only the x% that make the 100% – x% look bad. x = 0.5% per Bubba x = 10 to 15% per Neanderthal75 x = 50% per Arizona I don’t know what x is, but what I have seen written on this site (and what I have not seen written) leads me to believe it is a large number. Somebody has been enforcing those tens of thousands of gun laws for decades. Also, the coordinated effort by WY law enforcement to kill a watered-down SAPA law spoke volumes. “I’m pro 2nd amendment, and I have a gun, and hunting… Read more »


I really hope he doesn’t let you down. Judging from the vast majority, however, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Almost all of the ones who claim they’ll support the 2A are usually talking about confiscation. They enthusiastically enforce all the current infringement. I would like to know the following from those sheriffs who say they support the 2A: • What federal arms laws have you/do you enforce? • What state and local arms laws have you/do you enforce? • Can I count on you to come to my defense against local/state/federal who try to enforce arms laws against me? I… Read more »


Some more suggested questions: What percent of LEOs do you think are bad? How do you define a bad LEO? Why is it that when a LEO does bad things, and other LEOs are present, frequently none of them intervene? Why don’t good LEOs do more to remove bad LEOs from law enforcement, or at least denounce them? Irrespective of the alleged violation in question, why do LEOs frequently make the interaction mostly about “civilians” respecting their authority? If a LEO has a difference of opinion regarding political views with a “civilian” and then stops the person using a broken… Read more »

Wild Bill

You could do a study.


I invite all LEOs/former LEOs to respond.

Wild Bill

You will never get a proper representative sample that way. How will you ever draw a valid conclusion. John Lott is an excellent example researcher to follow.


Even a study wouldn’t result in a conclusion. It would just be a compilation of comments – not hard data.

I would be interested in hearing the views of the many LEOs/former LEOs who post here.

Wild Bill

Don’t give up so easily. Draft a questionnaire, put it on a site, and invite your intended population to respond. Que fasil.

Last edited 11 months ago by Wild Bill

Not giving up – just added a few questions to the list prepared by Stag (intended for one LEO).

You indicated I could do a study.

I then invited Ammoland LEOs/form LEOs to respond.

You said that wasn’t conclusive and referenced a study of data by another person.

I pointed out the dissimilarities in the two type of information.

LEOs will either respond or not respond.

You have a habit of attempting to tell me what to do.

In response to your lastest instructions: No.

Wild Bill

No, not ordering. I was merely suggesting. I can see that my writing was not clear. I should have worded it better. My apologies.


That is precisely what your sentence says in the form of a directive.

Apology accepted.

Wild Bill

Yep, you are correct. I should have wrote better.


You know, I bet a lot of headway could be made if enough people wanted to make headway.

Wild Bill

One in particular. Well, good night. Feeding time comes early. Merry Christmas.


Don’t forget to give TEX his peanuts, Bro! Merry Christmas!!!


I believe the things you say about your county.

Is the rule in Denver the same as in your county?

Was the pistol-whipping in Aurora? They seem to have some issues there.


It doesn’t apply to all members of law enforcement, but the ones who oppose civilian gun ownership rights do so for a simple reason: They have theirs already, and because of this, they don’t want you to have yours.

Wild Bill

Well said!!

Monkey Mouse

I’m in commie NJ – a friend is in a large town PD nearby; he mentioned that zero “ghost guns” have been confiscated by his department and the entire state only had grabbed about 25 in all of 2020 – not even a blip on the radar. He did say that the gangs trade their guns between locations every so often so it becomes almost impossible to trace these weapons. BTW, the weapons of choice are gen 2 and 3 Glocks, not anything made the last 20 years – go figure.


Yes, but if they want to magically inflate the number of “ghost guns” they confiscate, all they have to do is include the commercial guns with their numbers ground off, and suddenly you have lots and lots. And the number still sounds to the public like homemade guns, because they lie by omission.


I don’t know about you, but I have noticed it is always the police in the cities that seem to support gun control the most and a majority of the sheriffs in the rural areas support 2nd amendment rights.



It depends on your definition of “support 2nd amendment rights.” If you want to give your theory a test, you may want to ask your favorite rural sheriff this question: Do you support Second Amendment Preservation Act legislation that includes the following components: Prohibits any law enforcement officer in the state from contacting or cooperating with federal law enforcement agents (directly or indirectly) to enforce any federal gun control laws created after January 2021; Requires that all law enforcement officers in the state sign a document indicating they have read the law, they understand the law, and they will comply… Read more »

Wild Bill

My county sheriff declared out county a Second Amendment sanctuary county, and the Board of County Commissioners ratified it!
He has a stated policy: “Don’t shoot at us, and we won’t shoot at you.”


Our sheriff did the same thing and we are a sanctuary county, however my understanding is that it is only to the extent that our governor tries to override the federal government. If obiden changes the laws then I think we are screwed. Not perfectly sure on that but one other article on here about 2nd amendment counties had me reading and if I understood it correctly there are two kinds of 2nd amendment sanctuary counties. That stands against state government changes to federal law. that stands against gun law changes to the constitution which would be federal law. I… Read more »

Wild Bill

I have to admit that I don’t really know what all our sheriff and county means or intends, either. Oh, well, Merry Christmas!!!


Thank you, Merry Christmas to you and yours too.


Excellent. Now, when BATFE, FBI, and U.S. Marshals service agents are in his office offering him a lucrative proposition to be on a “task force,” and making some vague, but ominous comments about what will happen if he doesn’t cooperate with them, what will he do? The task force will be described as going after several white supremacists (who have indicated they are “proud to be a cracker,” have a confederate battle flag in their garage, and frequently call people “negroes”), who have ties with other racist organizations, who have made disparaging remarks about public officials, and who are known… Read more »


All depends on the evidence.


“Awaiting for approval”

Wild Bill

Oh… well … I approve! Now, you need not wait! Happy Holidays.


FYI – there was nothing uncivil in the response that went on hold. Just something to think about.

I’m sure that Gene Barber and Dan Weanburg (sp?) saw themselves as pro 2nd Amendment as well and remember what their actions led to.

Wild Bill

Oh! Without a subject and verb, I thought that you were waiting for my approval. As that is not necessary, I thought it strange.


My writing is horrific, but not that horrific.

I quoted the message that is displayed when a message goes on hold.

No, I was not waiting for your approval.

Wild Bill

I thought it out of character.

Wild Bill

Hmmm. That sounds awfully familiar. Isn’t that the Bill Clinton defense?” It depends on what your definition of “is” is.”


Completely different context.

In the Clinton situation, it was a dishonest lawyer being dishonest.

In the case of my comment, it was an attempt at determining whether there was a common definition of a phrase so there could be a meaningful converstion.

Wild Bill

Maybe, but it sure looks adapted for your purposes.


As a cop, I have confiscated guns, but only when I thought the owner was a danger to himself or others, and believer there are a lot of them in L.A. Most cops back in the day were the same, but not all. I am talking 71-94, when I retired from being injured in a shooting. By an illegal, from Jamaica. We had better things to do than go after homeowners. Such silly things as the SLA, Weather Underground, Panthers and Brown Berets in the beginning. Later on the street gangs filled in the gap.


So you left a dangerous person on the streets and instead arrested an inanimate object? Did you also arrest that person’s knives, vehicle, clubs, etc?


The gun community must attack the very premise of this lie. Background: The Canadian Gun Registry was created in 1995 with a price tag of $2-million. It ended up costing over $2.7-BILLION. It was discontinued after 17 years because it had been of ZERO use to solving real world crimes. The only “crime” ever solved by the existence of the registry was the paper “crime” created by the very existence of the registry: “failure to register.” It’s time to demand that all the people shrieking about “ghost guns” prove to us how indispensable serial numbers actually are. To what extent… Read more »


The IACP is dominated by large metro chiefs of police. Those folks are political appointees, political hacks for the most part appointed by the political hacks who sit on the city councils of our mostly failing major metropolitan areas. So going to them for opinions on how to run a free republic is like going to the mob to ask how to run safe streets. They reflect the leftist tilt of their city councils, their agencies are victimized by their politicization and their cities reflect the impact of decades of failed progressive public policy. Take note that state and national… Read more »

Wild Bill

An excellent question! Merry Christmas!


“professional association for senior police executives”

“global policing, committed to advancing safer communities through thoughtful, progressive police leadership”

“ghost gun”

that should tell you that they are full of the excrement of bovine creatures.


IACP also is affiliated to FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) which is a Masonic Organization. Do the research. Fascism/Despot’s/Tyrants/Order Followers/Corruption. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Always has & it always will.

Last edited 11 months ago by Tank

Jeez man…give it a rest. The IACP is the top brass, who do not care one bit about street cops, the FOP is a union for street cops. There is a Hell of a difference between them.


The IACP is about as left as you can get. All Chiefs and Sheriffs are welcome to join and contribute. Thy have no interest in what street cops go through daily or what the public wants or needs. And before you pampered souls who think 2nd Amendment rights trump everything, try livi9ng in a community where drive-bys are a daily occurrence and just walking down the street or going to the store can be extremely hazardous to your health. As a street cop in L.A. I wish more residents could be armed, and willing to defend themselves. But the reality… Read more »