House Chairman Opposes Universal Background Checks

10:37 AM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he opposes universal background checks on gun sales and doesn't foresee such a measure being part of gun legislation in the House.

Requiring background checks on all gun sales is a top priority of the Obama administration in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, and has appeared to be emerging in the Senate as a possible area of bipartisan consensus.

But Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said such a requirement could unnecessarily inconvenience law-abiding citizens and lead to the creation of a national gun registry - something Goodlatte and many other Republicans oppose.

Instead Goodlatte said he supports strengthening the existing background check system for gun buyers and cracking down on illegal firearms sales.

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