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Monday
Feb042013

LaPierre Holds His Ground on Opposing Universal Background Checks

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Not budging an inch from his testimony before a Senate panel last week, National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre told Fox News Sunday he remains adamantly opposed to universal background checks as a way of curbing gun violence in the U.S.

LaPierre objects to White House attempts to close the so-called gun show loophole that exempts buyers from background checks.

The NRA chief argues, "It's a fraud to call it universal, it's never going to be universal, the criminals aren't going to comply with it, they could care less."

According to LaPierre, the real victims of any new government-imposed system restricting gun ownership are "law-abiding people," who will be caught up in bureaucratic red tape while criminals continue to skate around law.

LaPierre believes that enforcing present laws, not adding new ones, are what a majority of Americans want.  The NRA has recommended putting armed cops and guards at all schools to keep children safe from shooting tragedies such as last December's mass killing in Newtown, Conn.

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