First on CNN: NRA charges Obama’s efforts will lead to gun confiscation
February 12th, 2013
08:34 PM ET
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First on CNN: NRA charges Obama’s efforts will lead to gun confiscation

Washington (CNN) – The National Rifle Association will assert that President Barack Obama’s attempt to enact new gun control laws will result in the “confiscation” of people’s firearms in a new web video scheduled to run in five states and the District of Columbia.

The video went online around the time Obama began delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday. In the speech, Obama mentioned his effort to reduce gun violence through legislative means.

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NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN that the organization based its warning on what he said is a Justice Department document, “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies,” that was written in January and given to the NRA.

A Justice Department spokeswoman told CNN that she couldn’t immediately authenticate the document, but did confirm that Greg Ridgeway, whose name appears on it, is currently deputy director of the National Institute of Justice, which is the DOJ’s research arm.

“This internal Justice Department memo says ‘an assault weapons ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence,’ ” NRA’s chief lobbyist Chris Cox says in the video that was provided to CNN before it aired online. “Unlikely, that is, unless it comes with something else. Obama’s experts say that a gun ban, like the one being debated right now in Congress, will not work without mandatory ‘gun buybacks and not exemptions.’ ”

Cox continued, “Mandatory gun buybacks. That’s government confiscation of legal firearms owned by honest citizens.”

Cox also said the report noted that gun registration would need to be part of the equation for universal background checks to be effective.

“Requiring gun registration with the federal government, that’s an illegal abuse of privacy and freedom unprecedented in our history,” said Cox, who then urged people to call Congress and express opposition to new gun regulations.

One of the NRA’s main talking points for opposing new gun regulations is that the federal government is attempting to take away citizens’ Second Amendment rights to own firearms.

The NRA will spend about $100,000 in the next 24 hours to run the 1 minute and 40 second video on various news web sites in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado, South Dakota, and D.C., Arulanandam said. Each of the five states has a Democratic senator seeking re-election in 2014.

The emotional debate over enacting new gun regulations was visibly present in the House chamber as gun rights advocates and victims of gun violence attended Obama’s address to the joint session of Congress.

CNN's Terry Frieden and Todd Sperry contributed to this report

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Frankie

    Where are these people from. The people running the NRA are ruining its reputation. I coming from a big hunting family and with family members owning safe's full of guns want reasonable gun control, yes even getting rid of the clips for the assault rifles. I don't need that to hunt. Supreme court judge Scalia even said about the guns is that there are limitations on modern day weapons and he is definitely a conservative.

    February 13, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  2. norma jean

    WHAT A LOT OF BALONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WE ARE FIGHTING TO GET ANY KIND OF GUN LEGISLATION AND THE NRA IS TRYING TO SCARE OWNERS INTO THINKING THE GOVERNMENT WILL JUST KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR AND SAY " HAND 'EM OVER"???... ..........All we are asking for is a little logic..such as gun registration and no more assault rifles with unlimited ammunition.. They aren't good for home protection and aren't used for hunting ...they are used in war...meant to kill... WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

    February 13, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  3. North Dallas Don

    Wayne LaPierre and his mindless gun-loving minions are the lowest of the low. Screaming about non-existent confiscation policies is nothing short of ridiculous and shows how dumb they are. I am fairly certain that most gun lovers who also support the NRA's "wild west" mentality use their guns to help compensate for their lack of manliness between their legs.

    February 13, 2013 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Good for this nation. It should have been done done long time ago–bribes prevented. Pass gun-ban laws. As a lawyer I am telling.

    February 13, 2013 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    When lies don't work, there's always fear,right NRA (I mean GOP)?

    February 13, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  6. Chris

    Why is it that the NRA takes every argument to some absurd extreme. To hear them tell it, closing up loopholes in background checks (which they were in favor of before Obama started endorsing it) would lead inevitably to a genocidal dictatorship where everyone has their guns take away along with all their freedom. Why can't we use the same "reasoning" back at them: if we followed the NRA's advice, all of America would become the equivalent of a war zone where deadly fire fights are a part of daily life.

    February 13, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  7. Greg Morgan

    History proves that if registration is required for guns, confiscation will be inevitable. This is exactly what happened with automobiles. Remember back when Americans used to be able to own cars? Registration seemed like a harmless and useful step at first, but we soon learned what the government's real plan was. When all of our cars were registered, the government came and took them away. Listen to the NRA, people! Learn the lessons of history! The same thing that happened with cars is going to happen with guns! The time for panic is NOW!!!

    February 13, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  8. TomInRochNY

    The gubermint is coming to git me! I've got ta git me some body armor and RPGs! And some Stringers, jus' in case them thar aliens come down to git me too!

    February 13, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
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