During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch was asked by co-host Brian Kilmeade if she supported universal background checks.
After a few moments of stunned silence, Loesch blamed the states for the present system, but did not answer the question about universal background checks:
Like the ones that failed in California or the ones that have failed in Colorado?” she said. “I mean, do I believe that one of the things that we need to do is make sure that states are reporting fully and accurately, which they are not doing, all of their criminal convictions to the national crime information center for NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) to check when someone purchases a firearm.
NRA and Wayne LaPierre came out strong on this, actually longer than I have been able to vote, really, to make sure this system works accurately. I want to, again, the political class could fix this tomorrow, they could fix it today.
FactCheck.org reported in February that the NRA and its head, Wayne LaPierre, have a long history of opposing background checks.
The NRA only supported “instant background checks” in 1991 because the technology did not exist, and because the NRA opposed a five-business-day waiting period in the Brady Bill, noted FactCheck.org:
The fact is that in 1991 the NRA supported an “instant background check” system as an alternative to a proposed seven-day waiting period when Congress was considering the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. At the time, the bill’s advocates saw the NRA’s proposal as an attempt to weaken or kill the Brady bill, because the technology for instant checks didn’t exist yet.