Gun advocate Larry Pratt: Oust Republican Pat Toomey over background checks

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 19:32 EDT
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In a tense exchange with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America said Wednesday his organization would seek to oust Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) from office.

“He ought to be held politically accountable and they way to do it is in a primary,” Pratt explained.

Though the Republican senator has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, his support for closing the so-called gun show loophole indicated he didn’t really support the Second Amendment, according to Pratt.

Earlier in the day, Toomey announced he had come to an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on legislation that would require sellers at gun shows and Internet retailers to conduct background checks. The legislation exempts certain private transactions and prohibits the federal government from creating a national firearms registry.

When Blitzer confronted Pratt with the fact that polls had found 90 percent of Americans supported expanding background checks, Pratt simply dismissed the polls as “hocum.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by CNN, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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