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) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week 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 CruzSeven things to know about the Trump trial All the frontrunners could survive initial Iowa test Republicans face internal brawl over impeachment witnesses 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 GrassleySenate begins preparations for Trump trial Big Pharma looks to stem losses after trade deal defeat Appeals court skeptical of Trump rule on TV drug ads 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.