National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre will yield no ground in remarks he’s prepared to give before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, according to text circulated by the NRA’s public affairs desk.
“Proposals that would only serve to burden the law-abiding have failed in the past and will fail in the future,” he said, signaling strong opposition to any proposal that would ban assault rifles.
“And when it comes to the issue of background checks, let’s be honest — background checks will never be ‘universal’ — because criminals will never submit to them,” the prepared text adds.
The NRA chief will be speaking Wednesday at a hearing that’s set to also include former astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot in the head in Tucson during a rampage that left six dead.
Giffords and Kelly have launched a new initiative called “Americans for Responsible Solutions” to push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the Newtown massacre, where 27 were killed, including 20 children in their elementary school.
“We can’t just hope that the last shooting tragedy will prevent the next,” Giffords wrote in an op-ed for USA Today.
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