Following President Obama’s push for tougher gun regulations, the National Rifle Association (NRA) claimed that it supported the spirit of one of his proposals: expanding background checks for gun buyers.

The press widely reported this NRA stance:

  • CBS: NRA President: Group supporting of tighter background checks (1/17/2013)
  • Associated Press: NRA chief says group accepts background checks (1/17/2013)
  • The Hill: NRA chief “generally supportive” of strong background checks (1/17/2013)

But shockingly, at the very same time the NRA was claiming to support tougher background checks, it helped oppose and kill several Virginia bills introduced to enact such a policy. Here’s an excerpt from an email the NRA sent to its members in Virginia over the weekend, bragging about killing the background check bills last week:

  • Senate Bill 1136Senate Bill 1232 and Senate Bill 1281 would require a background check on all private firearm transfers, including between family members.  The NRA opposes SB 1136, SB 1232 and SB 1281, and all three Senate bills were defeated.
  • Senate Bill 911 and Senate Bill 1001 would require a background check on all private firearm transfers at a gun show.  Under current law, only licensed dealers must obtain such a check.  SB 911 was rolled into SB 1001.  Consideration on SB 1001, opposed by the NRA, was passed over for the day and may be heard on Monday, January 21 at 8:00 a.m.

The NRA appears to be saying one thing and doing another.

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