NRA says Trump administration memo a 'non-starter'

A spokesman for the National Rifle Association said the lobbying group considers the Trump administration’s background check proposal a “non-starter” Wednesday afternoon.

"This missive is a non-starter with the NRA and our 5 million members because it burdens law-abiding gun owners while ignoring what actually matters: fixing the broken mental health system and the prosecution of violent criminals," Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.

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The proposal, which Trump himself has yet to endorse, was received coolly among Senate Republicans on Wednesday as the administration circulated it on Capitol Hill.

Similar to the stalled proposal from Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinStatesmen seek bipartisan solutions to big challenges Both sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial No one wins with pro-abortion litmus test MORE (D-W.Va) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns MORE (R-Pa.), it would expand background checks to all advertised commercial sales, including gun shows, closing what gun control advocates have deemed the “gun show loophole.”

Many Republicans have said they want to see what Trump is willing to endorse before saying what they would consider backing.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrade deal talks expand as Congress debates tech legal shield Sanders meets with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Cruz knocks Chick-fil-A over past donation: It has 'lost its way' MORE (R-Texas) suggested the proposal could provide an opening for firearm confiscation and instead touted a proposal by himself and Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties Congressional leaders unite to fight for better future for America's children and families MORE (R-Iowa) to crack down on “straw purchases” of guns by buyers who sell them to middlemen or those prohibited from buying firearms themselves.