GUN DEBATE: Universal Background Checks Are Sticking Point
Two of the country’s most influential voices on gun control weighed in Sunday on the issue, but appeared no closer in reaching a compromise — even on the issue of universal background checks.
Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s chief executive, told “Fox News Sunday” his group has tried unsuccessfully for such a check for two decades.
“I’ve been in this fight for 20 years. We proposed it. I don’t think it’s going to happen,” said LaPierre, who argued the mental health lobby and federal laws have prevented the names of people with potentially dangerous mental health problems from being put into a federal database.