| September 19, 2019 02:50 PM
Updated Sep 19, 2019, 03:19 PM
The National Rifle Association has shot down the universal background check proposal being floated to lawmakers by the White House, which is in response to recent mass shootings during the summer across the country.
“This missive is a non-starter with the NRA and our 5 million members because it burdens law-abiding gun owners while ignoring what actually matters: fixing the broken mental health system and the prosecution of violent criminals,” Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement, according to the Hill.
The idea is similar to the background check bill sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. The Manchin-Toomey bill has been rejected by the Senate twice within six years. Their bill would have extended background checks to all commercial sales of firerarms.
The new proposal, which has yet to be endorsed by President Trump, was drafted by Attorney General William Barr.
White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley made it clear that while legislative director Eric Ueland is showing the universal background check idea to lawmakers does not mean Trump is for it, “Not even close.”
Trump told Fox News while at the U.S.-Mexico border, “I don’t want to have crazy people have guns. I don’t want to have bad people have guns. But, we’re going to do nothing to hurt the Second Amendment. And what we want to do is see if we can come up with a compromise, and that’s what we’re working on.”