BELOIT, Wis. (CBSDC) — The police chief in Beloit, Wis., wants city residents to allow their homes to be searched for guns.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports Chief Norm Jacobs would like residents to volunteer to have their homes searched by police for guns.

“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 health providers,” Jacobs told Wisconsin Public Radio.

Jacobs is hoping that guns might be found that could be linked to crimes or guns will be found that families don’t even know they have.

“That’s really what we’re looking for. 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,” he told Wisconsin Public Radio.

Last year, President Barack Obama used executive actions to close a loophole in background gun checks and denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the U.S. to private entities.

Those executive actions came months after a bipartisan gun background check bill failed in the Senate following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre where Adam Lanza killed 26 people, including 20 students.

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