Gun rights group endorses background check deal
April 14th, 2013
06:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Gun rights group endorses background check deal

(CNN) - A large alliance of gun owners announced Sunday it supports the bipartisan compromise on gun sale background checks that senators announced last week.



The chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Alan Gottlieb, sent a message to members and contributors stating the bill "bans any federal gun registry and carries a 15-year prison term for anyone who violates it."



"We protect and expand a good number of pro-gun rights measures as well," Gottlieb continued, noting he and one of the group's lobbyists had helped craft the deal. He cited measures like making interstate gun sales easier, and restoring gun rights to veterans, as reasons for his group's support.



The background check compromise measure was brokered by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. It extends checks to gun shows and Internet sales but not to private sales.



The country's largest gun-rights group, the National Rifle Association, reiterated its opposition to the measure Sunday.

"NRA is opposed to Manchin-Toomey, and it will be a scored vote," NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said, meaning senators' ratings with the organization will be affected by how they vote.

The Bellevue, Washington-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms bills itself as the second-largest gun rights lobbying group and says it has about 650,000 members and contributors, compared with the NRA's 5 million.


The NRA and other groups opposed to the Manchin-Toomey measure are "unwilling to take the hits," Gottlieb told CNN.

Toomey wrote on Twitter Sunday, "Glad to have the support of Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms."

And Manchin called the group's endorsement "huge" in an appearance on Fox News.

"It is a win for us," he insisted.

While he has heard from members of his group who are upset at its endorsement, Gottleib said it "is expected."

"A lot of the people don't trust anyone," he continued.


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  1. My Rights are NOT a Bargaining Chip

    The chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Alan Gottlieb, sent a message to members and contributors stating the bill "bans any federal gun registry and carries a 15-year prison term for anyone who violates it."


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    Never heard of this joke gun group. Probably a bunch of Soros funded progressive left wingers pretending to represent gun owners.

    If only we had a federal government that followed and enforced the laws. Obama and the left has shown over and over that they don't think the laws apply to them. They are only to be used against their political adversaries. Leftist newspapers will again get the information and publish it without fear of prosecution.

    April 14, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Raul Isodo

    "NRA is opposed to Manchin-Toomey, and it will be a scored vote," NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said, meaning senators' ratings with the organization will be affected by how they vote.

    So nice that the NRA can make open threats to intimidate Congress to get their way. On the other hand, it would be great if elected members of Congress did the job they were elected to do, represent the people of their district, and not kow-tow to the NRA because it may affect their "grade".

    Dear Congress: do what's right for the country, not what's right for your NRA "grade".

    April 14, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Dennis Young

    Wow, that was a very easy betrayal of the 2nd amendment. I wonder what the betrayers will get in return?

    They must support the 2nd amendment as strongly as the President, Joe Biden, Diane Feinstein, and Charles Schumer do. And we can be sure that they support the 2nd amendment because they have told us so many times.

    April 14, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. plain&simple

    The tide is turning on the radical positions on an issue that isn't radical!! Background checks should only scare the people with a background that causes a review before they can buy a gun!!!

    April 14, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein

    It is as good as we are going to get for now. Why postpone changes that are needed?

    April 14, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. pro2a

    Criminals acquire guns via theft and the drug trade. No background check law will have any effect on that.

    April 14, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. MaryM

    In your face NRA. The majority of Americans will be watching the Senators and House that vote against the Manchin-Toomey bill, so you see it will be a scored vote by the majority of Americans

    April 14, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. 4TruthandJustice

    It"s worth keeping in mind the whole story. Obama jumped on TV with a speech calling for "something to be done" 2 nights after the Newtown rampage shooting. Obama called on Sen. Feinstein and VP Biden to "spearhead" – "doing something" which they did thoughtlessly and ignorantly. This blundering miscalculation led to outrage – not just by the NRA but among the 80 to 100 million OTHER gun owners & self-defense advocates. Obama stayed out front, over played the "Grieving Newtown Families Card" blatantly and scandalously. Thus was the Obama Gun Control Legacy for Democrats born: amid deception, demagoguery and outright lies (like the photo of Obama shooting a fake shotgun).

    Now (4 months exactly after Newtown) what those 100 million gun owners see is: "compromise" and the rolling-back of the most obnoxious and dangerous (and foolish) "provisions" in the Obama Gun Control Law. How can they be skeptical NOW that "compromise" is proposed?? LOL!

    April 15, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  9. California

    Californians Sign Petition to Ban and Confiscate Firearms

    April 12, 2013
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    There's no limit to how far liberals will go. That is a fact.

    April 15, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  10. Jack

    LaPee reminds of donkey sitting on his gonads and complaining that it hurts

    April 15, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  11. Thomas

    Man shoots self in infield at NRA 500

    Nothing say's family more then fast cars and firearms .

    April 15, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  12. Marie MD

    You know that you are not in the "right" when another gun group doesn't agree with you.
    The nra is four (4) millionmembers short of a full brain.

    April 15, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  13. Name lynn

    We the people hope the back ground check work,for the gun law.

    April 15, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    This nation needs TOTAL GUN-BAN LAWS. Period. Pass.

    April 15, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  15. Minnie Mouse

    How's doing background checks via the inter-net such a great deal? You have no clue who your even selling a gun to. You could be selling to an under age child, unstable mentally ill person, some one impersonating someone because they stole someones identitiy, a criminal, or a terrorist ect... The only way to do a real background check to check out if the person is who he or she says they are, is in person. As our government and the American public, we all know how unsecure the inter-net is. The smart thing is to ban inter-net sales on all guns and ammunition totally. Why should anyone be able to just go out and freely buy anything they want, and as much as they want in order to turn around and turn our second ammendment right into a "Sporting Event" to see who can kill off the most people at one time!

    April 15, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  16. Minnie Mouse

    We should not be doing background checks online, because they may not be accurate. You have no clue who you are really doing a background check on. A gun could be sold to an under age child, a terrorist, a criminal, a mentally ill unstable person, a thief, a person impersonating someone, ect.. Everyone knows how unsecure the inter-net is, so why not just ban the sales of guns and ammunition completely off the inter-net. Why does any person, stable or unstable need to have the right to go out and buy as many guns or as much ammunition as they want? Then you have the people who are turing our Second Amendment right into a "Sporting Event", by seeing who can kill off the most people at one time. Then we have the irresponsbile parents, who in turn because of that being that way their kids get hold of the guns and go out and kill. Background checks are great, but they need to be in person and out in the open public in order for positive ID to be checked.

    April 15, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |