NRA Throws Down Challenge to More Gun Control

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Vice President Joe Biden continues to prepare his suggestions for the president on how to curb gun violence, despite new pushback from the National Rifle Association, the nation's largest gun-rights lobbying group.

In meetings with National Rifle Association officials Thursday, Biden made it clear he's pushing for the biggest expansion of gun control in two decades.

"Universal background checks," Biden warned, "not just close the gun show loophole, but total, universal background checks, even including private sales."

Biden's proposal is also expected to include a ban on sales of assault weapons and limits on high capacity ammunition magazines.

Reducing gun violence is at the top of President Obama's domestic agenda in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.

But the powerful National Rifle Association said new gun laws aren't the way to prevent another tragedy.

How would the new proposals suggested impact current gun owners and the public? Mark Walters, co-author of the book, Lessons Learned from Armed America, has more below, as seen on CBN Newswatch, Jan. 11.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne Lapierre said.

The NRA is making it clear that Biden's proposals are a direct challenge.

"We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen," the group said in a statement released after Thursday's meeting.

The statement pitts Biden against the major lobbying group and millions of Americans determined to preserve their Second Amendment rights.

"Everything that's been proposed impinges on people who have every right to own firearms," NRA President David Keene said.

Since the Sandy Hook shooting, the NRA has added 1,000 members. December requests for criminal background checks on prospective gun buyers reached a record high of more than 2 million.

Local gun retailers say a surge in sales has continued into 2013.     

"I sold over 300 guns in two-and-a-half weeks," gun shop owner Mel Bernstein said. "We figured out every 15 to 20 minutes somebody came in a bought a gun."

Congress must approve many of the new gun control proposals, presenting another challenge to the White House.

As many as 228 lawmakers have an "A" rating from the NRA for opposing new gun control laws.

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