The Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb shared a little “inside baseball” about the recent Senate compromise on background checks for gun purchases with a group of supporters at a Portland, Oregon golf club Friday. According to Gottlieb’s speech, caught on camera by Daylight Disinfectant‘s Dan Sandini, members of the gun rights organization were in the room with Senators Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) when they were writing their amendment, with the intention of creating a “pro-gun bill.”
“I spent hours and hours with Senator Manchin and Pat Toomey going over what’s in that bill,” Gottlieb told the crowd. He went on the outline the various “protections” he says he helped insert into the amendment that would prevent gun dealers from prison terms and lawsuits for failing to properly conduct the background checks that the bill is intended to require.
“It’s a Christmas Tree,” Gottlieb asserted, “and we just hung a million ornaments on it. We’re taking the background check and making it a pro-gun bill.” He predicted, “this will probably break on Monday in the Wall Street Journal. So your getting a little ‘inside baseball’ right now.” He admitted that he was working to implement some background checks in an effort to prevent more comprehensive and effective legislation from passing in Congress. “I think we snookered the other side,” Gottlieb concluded, “and they haven’t figured it out yet.”
While he was allegedly working with the senators behind closed doors to water down their background checks amendment, Gottlieb was also advocating publicly against a so-called “gun registry” in an op-ed published this past Wednesday in U.S. News and World Report. He did not disclose his role in writing the senate bill in that article.
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(h/t Daylight Disinfectant)
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