NRA CEO says won’t back down on gun rights

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The National Rifle Association’s CEO offered a full-throttled defense of gun rights Friday and harshly criticized proposals for universal background checks on gun purchases.

Wayne LaPierre ridiculed the Obama White House and proponents of stricter gun controls winning cheers at the CPAC gathering of conservative activists.

He argued that background checks would create a federal registry of gun owners with the possible goal of taxation or confiscation of guns.

“NRA’s nearly 5 million members, and America’s 100 million gun owners, will not back down. Not ever. I promise you that,” he said.

LaPierre said enforcement of existing laws and a reform of the national mental health system would do more to prevent gun violence than new laws.