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Senate Negotiators Not Close to Deal on Gun Background Checks, Coburn Says

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LaPierre then aired an NRA ad that featured an edited clip of Schumer calling background check and anti-gun trafficking measures under development universal registration. The New York Democrat is a longtime foe of the NRA.

Let me say it here and now and for the world to hear for once in my life, I agree with Chuck Schumer, LaPierre said.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy responded Sunday on CNNs State of the Union that LaPierres comments were misleading.

Its not going to be registration, the Vermont Democrat said. And, of course, [LaPierre] knows that, but hes paid very well to stir up his membership and help increase dues-paying members.

Leahy noted that he comes from a state with many gun owners, but he said that people he talked to generally accepted the idea of records checks before buying weapons.

I dont think there should be exemptions at a gun show or for straw purchasers, he said. We want to say to everybody, so that if you have a violent crime in your background, if youre under a restraining order, if you have some of these problems, youre not going to be able to legally purchase a firearm.

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