NRA-ILA Director, Regarding False NBC Story That NRA Won’t Oppose Background Check Bill

By Chris W. Cox

NRA-ILA's Chris W. Cox
NRA-ILA's Chris W. Cox

FAIRFAX, Va. –-( 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.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit:

  • 6 thoughts on “NRA-ILA Director, Regarding False NBC Story That NRA Won’t Oppose Background Check Bill

    1. I have heard these false accusations about the NRA, even from another pro-gun group. That is what the gun grabbers are trying to do with these false stories, divide and conquer. They love to see infighting between gun groups and placing doubt in the minds of people who should know better. The NRA is never or has ever sold us down the creek. Much easier to pick up the phone and ask them what you are hearing than just believe it. That is what the gun grabbers are betting on, you believing it and spreading it without checking it out. These gun grabbers need a good dose of their own medicine. Just spread false stories about them supporting pro-gun agenda. Hey, if they want to lie about us, two can play that game. See how they like it. Bet it would not be so funny then. Start right now. Headlines: Bloomberg and “Frankenstein” do about face and support AR-15 ownership by all Americans! Want to see 50+ round magazines to protect citizens. You get the idea.

    2. The NRA and TSRA make me so proud to be American esp.during these times of the uncontrollable/loud mouth liberal scum in DC and in certain tyranny states. Since the CT.tragedy their (NRA) membership has rose 660,000 new members and will surpass the 2 miliion new member mark by the end of 2013.That is making a big time statement to all the gun grabbing liberal pantie wastes around the country.HBH

    3. NRA = Gun rights infringements “since. . .1871

      But they sure like the funds you keep sending them. Wake Up People

      NRA Supported the National Firearms Act of 1934

      In fact, they’ve supported gun rights infringements “since. . .1871.”

      by Angel Shamaya
      Founder/Executive Director

      March 29, 2002

      “The National Rifle Association has been in support of workable, enforceable gun control legislation since its very inception in 1871.”

      –NRA Executive Vice President Franklin L. Orth
      NRA’s American Rifleman Magazine, March 1968, P. 22


      When I recently used the term “NRA-supported” in reference to the National Firearms Act of 1934, some readers asked why I would assert such a thing. They believed NRA had no involvement in gun control politics back then. Because they and others didn’t believe me, I prepared this historical record — to prove my claim and inform others.

      I agree that blaming today’s NRA management for transgressions of their predecessors is wrong. But confronting NRA management’s longstanding support of gun control is a first step toward understanding that “My NRA” of today views the Second Amendment differently than America’s Founders did — and they have for a very long time.

    4. “Universal background checks” are gun ban code words for “universal gun registration.” Bear in mind that using NICS for gun registration has already been tried — in the 1990s, when the Clinton administration violated the law by refusing to expunge transaction records despite Congressional hearings on the matter. It was reversed only under the Bush administration.

      Moreover, the devil is in the details. Look at what the Senate Judiciary Committee just passed, S. 374, and below is what you will find. It is a truly draconian bill couched in nice, easy-to-digest platitudes. Here are a few items. You will find that S. 374 subjects you to a 5-year federal felony for perfectly law-abiding activities. To whit:

      • If you left town for more than 7 days, and left your gay partner, or unrelated roommate at home with the guns, you’d be committing a felony. This should be called the “denying gun rights to gays act.” Remember that the federal government does not recognize gay marriage, even if you’re state does, thanks to DOMA. 5 years in prison.
      • Actually, even married couples are questionably legal, because the exemption between family only applies to gifts, not to temporary transfers. The 7 day implication is if you leave your spouse at home for more than 7 days, it’s an unlawful transfer, and you’re a 5 year felon. I suppose you could gift them to your spouse, or related co-habitant, and then have them gift them back when you arrive back home. Maybe the Attorney General will decide to create a form for that.
      • It would be illegal to lend a gun to a friend to take shooting. That would be a transfer. 5 years in federal prison.
      • Steals the livelihood of gun dealers by setting a fixed fee to conduct transfers. The fee is fixed by the Attorney General. What’s to prevent him from setting it at $1000?
      • Enacts defacto universal gun registration, because of record keeping requirements.
      • All lost and stolen guns must be reported to the federal and local government. This means everyone will have to fill out the theft/loss form, and not just FFLs. You only have 24 hours to comply. If you lose a gun on a hunting trip deep in the woods, and can’t get back home to fill out the form in 24 hours, you’re a felon and will spend 5 years in federal prison.
      • Want to lend a gun to a friend to go hunting? It’s a 5 year in prison felony.
      • No exception for state permits. All transfers must go through a dealer or 5 years in federal prison.
      • Teaching someone to shoot on your own land is a felony, 5 years, if you hand them the gun. Not an exempted transfer.

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