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January 17, 2013

NRA President Says Group Supports Stronger Background Checks

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David Keene

The day after President Obama signed 23 executive actions on gun control the President of the NRA David Keene has publicly stated the NRA supports stronger background checks.

The head of the National Rifle Association says the organization has no problem with tighter background checks of gun purchasers.

He said the NRA has been “generally supportive” of stronger background checks…

The NRA is pushing for measures that would keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, until a person gets better.

“If they are cured, there ought to be a way out of it,” Keene told the Associated Press.

While seemingly a minor shift in stance, the NRA President may be signaling an opening to a universal background check. Something many in the NRA, including gun sellers, support. A universal background check would close the gun show loophole and prevent other sales done without a background check in the secondary market.

The assault weapons ban will likely not get through Congress but if the NRA relents and withdraws opposition a universal background check would likely make it through. Which would be an odd policy response to the Sandy Hook shooting where an assault rifle was stolen from a person who had legally purchased it and would have passed a background check.

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