NRA STATEMENT ON LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS ON CAPITOL HILL
Recent reports in the Washington Post, Newsweek and other media outlets
are fanning Internet rumors regarding the NRA's position concerning
legislation currently being discussed in Congress in the aftermath of
the horrific crimes that occurred at Virginia Tech.
The NRA has a long history of supporting measures to keep guns out of
the hands of violent criminals and those who have been adjudicated by a
court as mentally incompetent, and we will continue to do so. We will
also continue our efforts to make sure that the National Instant
Background Check System (NICS) is accurate, fair, and instant by seeking
changes to permanently ensure that no fee is associated with the check,
that system outages are minimized, and that our men and women in uniform who have served our country honorably are not unjustly denied their constitutional rights. As always, the NRA is committed to ensuring that any proposal does not infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun
It is impossible to predict right now what any final bill will look
like; therefore, we will withhold judgment until we see a final product.
However, the NRA will continue to work with Members of Congress
throughout the process to ensure that any changes to the NICS benefit
lawful gun purchasers while ensuring that those adjudicated by the
courts as mentally incompetent are included in the system.
Including necessary records on prohibited persons into the NICS is a
position we have long supported. However, history has shown that no law
will stop a madman intent on doing evil.
The NRA believes that our schools are not adequately protected.
Therefore, we believe a national conversation on school security is
necessary, and we look forward to those discussions and finding
meaningful solutions to keep America's children safe.