The NRA has come out against the gun control memo being circulated by the White House and AG Barr among Republicans today, calling it a “non-starter”:
THE HILL – A spokesperson for the National Rifle Association said the lobbying group considers the Trump administration’s background check proposal a “non-starter” Wednesday afternoon.
“This missive is a non-starter with the NRA and our 5 million members because it burdens law-abiding gun owners while ignoring what actually matters: fixing the broken mental health system and the prosecution of violent criminals,” Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.
The proposal, similar to the stalled Manchin-Toomey proposal, would expand background checks to all advertised commercial sales, including gun shows, closing what gun control advocates have deemed the “gun show loophole.”
Ted Cruz is not happy with the new proposal either, suggesting it would allow Democrats to create a registry in order to confiscate guns:
“Of the 10 Democrats onstage running for president, three are explicitly supporting gun confiscation by the federal government,” Cruz said Wednesday after Senate Republicans discussed gun control proposals at a weekly lunch meeting.
“If we want to stop crimes, we need to focus on the bad guys, not the good guys,” he added.
Asked about Barr’s proposal, Cruz said, “I believe the proper path for the Senate to take is to vote on Grassley-Cruz and pass it.”
“And the last time we voted on it in the Harry Reid Democratic Senate, it got 52 votes, including 9 Democrats. it got the most bipartisan support of any of the comprehensive legislation. That’s the right path. Let’s solve the problem, not simply take political gestures,” he told reporters, referring to when the Senate last voted on his proposal in 2013 under then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Cruz is taking issue with proposals to expand background checks to all commercial gun sales, as envisioned by Barr’s latest memo, because it could lead to the creation of national firearms registry.
“I think Democratic members of Congress, a great many of them, want a national registry because the ultimate policy they want is gun confiscation. That is terrible policy, and it would make people less safe,” he said.
“If you want to stop crimes, don’t undermine the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Focus on the felons and fugitives and those with serious mental illness who are a danger to themselves and others,” he added.
I’m very glad to see the NRA and Ted Cruz come out against this proposal by the White House, which with any luck will persuade Trump to stay FAR AWAY from expanding background checks on legal gun owners.
Cruz is absolutely right to argue for legislation attacking the ‘bad guys’ versus attacking the ‘good guys’. Because that’s all Democrats want to do is pass more laws restricting law-abiding gun owners instead of working to keep guns away from criminals. Cruz’s legislation, according to The Hill, actually goes after straw purchasers who turn around and sell guns to “prohibited individuals or middlemen”.