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Moran Introduces 'NRA Members' Gun Safety Act'

Northern Virginia Democrat cites Republican polls of NRA members that show support for five measures.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., on Thursday introduced the NRA Members' Gun Safety Act — five gun safety reforms that the congressman's office says are supported by nearly two-thirds of the Fairfax-based National Rifle Associations' members.

“The NRA as an organization is out of step with its membership on many commonsense gun safety measures. Polling shows nearly two-thirds of NRA members support the five simple ways to improve gun safety included in this bill,” Moran said in a statement.

“The NRA’s absolutist position on gun issues is an impediment to the safety and security of the public. This legislation is designed to highlight that schism, offering popular proposals even NRA members support to prevent more gun-related tragedies.”

Moran's proposal comes nearly a week after the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Conn., which turned the national conversation to gun safety and gun rights.

Moran's office cites research by Republican pollster Frank Luntz as evidence of support among the NRA's membership for the provisions of his bill.

The five provisions, according to a news release:

  • Require background checks for every gun purchase (74 percent NRA member support)
  • Require background checks on gun shop employees (79 percent NRA member support)
  • Prohibit individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms (71 percent NRA member support)
  • Require gun owners to report to police when their guns are lost or stolen (64 percent NRA member supports)
  • Establish minimum standards for concealed carry permits (63 percent to 75 percent NRA member support for each standard)

"The NRA has an opportunity to be proactive in the face of the Newtown tragedy, playing a constructive role in protecting the public in ways that do not undermine the 2nd Amendment in the eyes of their own membership," Moran said in his statement.

Moran's announcement comes on the eve of a "major" news conference the NRA plans to hold Friday in Washington.

The organization released a statement this week saying it will make "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, who has an 'A' rating from the NRA, called the Newtown masssacre a "game changer" and advocated tightening gun laws.

More than 10,000 people in America are killed each year with a firearm, according to Moran's office.

Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
"...By calling attention to a well-regulated militia for the security of the Nation, and the right of each citizen to keep and bear arms, our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fear of governmental tyranny, which gave rise to the Second Amendment, will ever be an important danger to our Nation, the Amendment remains an important declaration of our basic military-civilian relationship, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important." President John F. Kennedy
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
"If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying -- that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, and the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 -- establishes the repeated, complete, and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime." Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Subcomittee on the Constitution (The Making of America, p.695)
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
"To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege." Arkansas Supreme Court Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, 560, 1878
Locally Involved December 26, 2012 at 09:50 PM
It's ironic that the same people who fear Obama is leading us to a police state are the same people that are glad the NRA is advocating for a police state! LOL
rbud December 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Great point. I've always considered the USA to be a well-educated, well-oriented country. But with what I'm hearing from the pro-gun people, and after all the ridiculous, completely illogical rhetoric during the campaigns, and some of the bizarre statements by "educated" people in leadership positions, I am seriously concerned about our people's ability to think and construct intelligent thoughts on any level. Whatever else we are or are not, we are definitely not a well-educated, intellectually capable populace. We are at our core very lazy thinkers, eager to let someone else's agenda control our thoughts. I think some of these posters never had a logical thought in their lives.

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