sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) brushed off NRA opposition to his gun control package on Wednesday, noting that the gun rights group cannot be allowed to “veto over good public policy.”
Breitbart News reported that the Senate arms control package negotiated by Cornyn, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and others was presented to the public on Tuesday.
The bill expands background checks for some gun buyers, uses taxpayer dollars to boost warning laws, and broadens the list of prohibited purchasers of NICS (by using domestic violence statutes to cover dating relationships).
The bill also increases penalties for straw buying and gun-trafficking, neither crime was part of the attacks in Uvalde, Buffalo, Parkland, Las Vegas or Orlando, to name a few.
the NRA responded to gun control by saying it “falls short on every level”.
They added, “This legislation can be abused to restrict legal gun purchases, infringe on the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use fed dollars to fund gun control measures passed by state and local politicians.”
The NRA noted, “This bill leaves too much discretion to government officials and also includes undefined and excessive provisions — inviting interference with our constitutional freedoms.”
Mediaite.com reports that Cornyn spoke to MSNBC on Wednesday and said, “We’ve been working with the NRA to listen to their concerns. But in the end I think they’re just — they have a membership and a business model that prevents them from supporting legislation. And so I understand where they’re coming from, but I think most people won’t allow an outside group to veto good public policy.”
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