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Moran Introduces 'NRA Members' Gun Safety Act'

Northern Virginia Democrat cites Republican polls of NRA members that show support for five measures.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., on Thursday introduced the NRA Members' Gun Safety Act — five gun safety reforms that the congressman's office says are supported by nearly two-thirds of the Fairfax-based National Rifle Association's members.

“The NRA as an organization is out of step with its membership on many commonsense gun safety measures. Polling shows nearly two-thirds of NRA members support the five simple ways to improve gun safety included in this bill,” Moran said in a statement.

“The NRA’s absolutist position on gun issues is an impediment to the safety and security of the public. This legislation is designed to highlight that schism, offering popular proposals even NRA members support to prevent more gun-related tragedies.”

Moran's proposal comes nearly a week after the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Conn., which turned the national conversation to gun safety and gun rights.

Moran's office cites research by Republican pollster Frank Luntz as evidence of support among the NRA's membership for the provisions of his bill.

The five provisions, according to a news release:

  • Require background checks for every gun purchase (74 percent NRA member support)
  • Require background checks on gun shop employees (79 percent NRA member support)
  • Prohibit individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms (71 percent NRA member support)
  • Require gun owners to report to police when their guns are lost or stolen (64 percent NRA member supports)
  • Establish minimum standards for concealed carry permits (63 percent to 75 percent NRA member support for each standard)

"The NRA has an opportunity to be proactive in the face of the Newtown tragedy, playing a constructive role in protecting the public in ways that do not undermine the 2nd Amendment in the eyes of their own membership," Moran said in his statement.

Moran's announcement comes on the eve of a "major" news conference the NRA plans to hold Friday in Washington.

The organization released a statement this week saying it will make "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, who has an 'A' rating from the NRA, called the Newtown masssacre a "game changer" and advocated tightening gun laws.

More than 10,000 people in America are killed each year with a firearm, according to Moran's office.

OT insider December 26, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Yes a lot of people die in car accidents. Because a lot of people drive (or are passengers) in cars, Your initial post was "you are twice as likely to be killed by a baseball bat or hands and fists". Was that statement just an NRA fantasy or are you going to defend it? If the "young man's" mom had not had the guns in the first place there would have been no way for him to shoot up the school when he "snapped". A background check would have made zero difference since he stole the guns from his mother before he shot her in the head while she was sleeping. Please stop the BS.
OT insider December 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
What a completely worthless post. What is your point?
Lee Hernly December 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM
OT - Look up the data yourself as I did. I did err and say 'firearm'. What I meant to say was: "You are twice as likely to be killed by a baseball bat or hands and fists than with a rifle/assault weapon. Gonna ban baseball bats?" You can see the data for yourself here: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/tables/10tbl20.xls
Lee Hernly December 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Granted, the young man with severe violent tendencies should not have had access to guns (she had taken him to the range). If my child were like that, I would take our guns (including a Bushmaster) out of the house.
Lee Hernly December 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I did read a Clinton-era study of the 'assault weapons' (a made up word by the Statist/Leftists - as before 1989, the word didn't exist) ban which showed no statistically significant change in the murder rates with an 'assault weapon' during the ban. In fact, since the ban's expiration, both mass killings and murders by an 'assault weapon' are on the decline. Via NRO (http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/335739/facts-about-mass-shootings-john-fund): "A lengthy study by Mother Jones magazine found that at least 38 of the 61 mass shooters in the past three decades “displayed signs of mental health problems prior to the killings.” New York Times columnist David Brooks and Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson have both suggested that the ACLU-inspired laws that make it so difficult to intervene and identify potentially dangerous people should be loosened. “Will we address mental-health and educational-privacy laws, which instill fear of legal liability for reporting potentially violent mentally ill people to law enforcement?” asks Professor Jacobson. “I doubt it.”"

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