After the Columbine shootings in 1999, the NRAs Wayne LaPierre expressed support for closing the gun show loophole.<quoted text>
1. Criminals don't stand in line to fill out background check forms!
2. Criminals will never be affected by the background checks and or registration!
These Republicans will be lauded as heroes for upholding the United States Constitution.
Go for the Mental Health angle, that needs fixed!
We think it is reasonable to provide mandatory, instant criminal background checks, LaPierre said in testimony before Congress in 1999.
In June of that same year, the NRA also took out an ad supporting background checks at gun shows:
The message of the NRAs 1999 campaign was Be Reasonable, and the organization bought ads in top newspapers, including USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, to make its case.
We believe its reasonable to provide for instant background checks at gun shows, just like gun stores and pawn shops, the USA Today ad reads.
Weve always supported instant background checks, LaPierre said at a Friends of NRA event in May 1999.