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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.

{mosads}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 Manchin (D-W.Va) and Pat Toomey (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 Cruz (R-Texas) suggested the proposal could provide an opening for firearm confiscation and instead touted a proposal by himself and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to crack down on “straw purchases” of guns by buyers who sell them to middlemen or those prohibited from buying firearms themselves.

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