The PJ Tatler

NRA: No, We're Not Giving In on Universal Background Checks

The National Rifle Association today released a statement reacting to an NBC story on the state of play on gun control in Washington. According to the story, the NRA is set to support universal background checks for gun purchases, which would require private citizens to run background checks any time they sell a firearm to another private citizen.

The NRA says that this isn’t true.

An article appearing today on is falsely reporting that NRA will not oppose legislation being negotiated in the U.S. Senate that would mandate background checks for all gun purchasers.

The story posted on alleges that NRA will not oppose expanding the background check system to include all private firearm sales, “provided the legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the checks”. This statement is completely untrue. The NRA opposes criminalizing private firearms transfers between law-abiding individuals, and therefore opposes an expansion of the background check system.

The NRA supports meaningful efforts to address the problems of violent crime and mass violence in America, through swift and certain prosecution of violent criminals; securing our schools; and fixing our broken mental health system.

NBC may well have made the story up. That network has recently been caught deceptively editing video on a number of occasions, one to inject race into the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and another, to smear then GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.