Reported Phone Call: NRA CEO Wayne Lapierre Warns President Trump Against Supporting Gun Safety Laws
President Donald Trump reportedly spoke with embattled NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre yesterday. According to media reports, LaPierre told Trump that action to expand background checks to all gun sales would be unpopular among President Trump’s voter base.
In fact, poll after poll shows overwhelming support for background checks, including among Republican voters. Recent polling has found that 94 percent of Americans support background checks on all gun sales, including 92 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of gun owners. And in March, polling found 80 percent of Republicans supported H.R. 8, the bipartisan background checks bill that passed the U.S. House in February.
In February, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to require background checks on all gun sales. To date, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to hold a vote on that legislation.