David Keene, president of the National Rifle Association, expressed pleasure that the new gun control compromise had moved in the NRA's direction -- but he declined to say that it had moved far enough. In fact, he told The Huffington Post that the group remains opposed to any new background check legislation "until" the federal computerized check system is "fixed."
He said he was glad that the compromise measure, assembled by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), had abandoned aspects of an earlier provision drafted by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
"It appears that Schumer has surrendered on both his goal of imposing universal background checks and on his desire to create a national gun registry," said Keene via email, "but I say that knowing that few have seen the actual language that will result from the Toomey Manchin Schumer compromise."
He added, "We are not in favor of expanding the background check system until the NICS system [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] is fixed, the adjudicated mentally ill are included in the data bases, and there is demonstrable evidence that placing additional burdens and costs on honest gun owners would keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and potential mass shooters.
"At present even those who are clearly violating the law by trying to buy a firearm from a licensed dealer aren't prosecuted, but those who have done nothing wrong are often forced to try to clear themselves because of inaccurate info in the federal data bases."