Lt. Governor Patrick Is The Latest Target Of The NRA Over New Gun Stance

Chris Fox
September 06, 2019 - 6:04 pm
Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick

Credit: State Of Texas

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick finds himself at odds with the NRA after making comments in support of expanding the current system of background checks to include private gun sales.

Patrick told the Dallas Morning News he’s a solid NRA guy but not expanding the background check to eliminate the stranger to stranger sale makes no sense.

The NRA quickly responded with a statement saying Instead of trampling the freedom of law-abiding Americans, the government should focus upon actual solutions.

Full NRA Statement:

"With due respect, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s “proposals” would resurrect the same broken, Bloomberg-funded failures that were attempted under the Obama administration. Like most political gambits, Lt. Gov. Patrick’s “solution” precedes his possession of the facts, including this critical concession by the Obama administration: Criminalizing private firearm transfers would require a massive, governmental gun registration scheme. Instead of trampling the freedom of law-abiding Americans, the government should focus upon actual solutions: fixing our broken mental health system, prosecuting known criminals and enforcing the existing gun laws that require follow-up whenever a prohibited person tries to buy a firearm. In the meantime, the NRA remains at the forefront of legitimate efforts to combat crime in our country. We encourage Lt. Gov. Patrick to join us in support of the same."

Rice University Political Scientist Mark Jones says Patrick’s logic here is that if Republicans don’t do anything the door will be opened to far more severe legislation that would undermine 2nd Amendment rights. “Dan Patrick is seeing the writing on the wall, both that there’s growing demand in the State of Texas for real reforms related to firearms and also the reality that Texas is becoming more purple (politically) and is no longer reliably red, where winning the Republican Primary was tantamount to winning the general election.”