After the Columbine shootings in 1999, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre expressed support for closing the gun show loophole. At this week’s hearings before the Senate, it was a different story.
“We think it is reasonable to provide mandatory, instant criminal background checks,” LaPierre said in testimony before Congress in 1999.
From the Huffington Post, in June of that same year, the NRA also took out an ad supporting background checks at gun shows:
The message of the NRA’s 1999 campaign was “Be Reasonable,” and the organization bought ads in top newspapers, including USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, to make its case.
“We believe it’s reasonable to provide for instant background checks at gun shows, just like gun stores and pawn shops,” the USA Today ad reads.
“We’ve always supported instant background checks,” LaPierre sat at a Friends of NRA event in May 1999, HuffPo reports.