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Did the NRA Make a Backdoor Deal To Not Oppose Universal Background Checks?

• http://lewrockwell.com, by S.H. Blannelberry

Senators negotiating a bill mandating background checks for all gun buyers are privately expecting the National Rifle Association not to fight the measure — provided the legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the checks, NBC News has learned.

If that requirement is met and key Republican negotiator Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma signs on, the powerful gun lobby has signaled to lawmakers that they would not actively oppose the bill — and not count votes in favor of it as part of its highly influential NRA lawmaker ratings — according to Senate aides familiar with the stalled negotiations.

Not long after the NBC News article was published, the NRA released a statement flatly denying the claim that they would not fight a federal UBC bill:

The story posted on NBCNews.com 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.
 
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