WASHINGTON (AP) - A top National Rifle Association official says proposing more gun control laws without better enforcement of those already on the books is not a serious solution to crime.
In testimony prepared for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Wayne LaPierre says a ban on certain assault weapons has been tried before and failed. He says background checks will never be universal because criminals won't submit to them. Both are among measures that President Barack Obama is seeking.
LaPierre is executive vice president of the NRA. His prepared testimony is milder in tone than some of his earlier comments in the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 elementary school students in Newtown, Conn., late last year, without any change in position.