April 10th, 2013
10:23 PM ET

NRA president: Gun shows not a source for criminals

Anderson Cooper asks National Rifle Association President David Keene why he doesn't support expanded background checks. Keene also responds to a 360 hidden camera investigation that shows how easy it is to buy guns at gun shows without showing ID.

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  1. Jack33

    The guns sold out of the trunks of the cars in the parking lots of those gun shows, are indeed exactly that.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
  2. Hugh morris

    I really would like to see someone ask NRA people this. Do you think buying a gun should be as easy as voting ? or do you think voting should be as easy as buying a gun ? Currently 60% of the time buying gun is easier.

    Next question: Do you support the republican position of allowing illegal aliens to buy guns ?

    April 11, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  3. monica

    I watched the interview with the NRA president
    I think at this point, all families that have lost some one due to gun violence should sue the NRA for the wrongful death, let the NRA go broke trying to defend its self against thousands of plentiffs.
    It is beyond my comrehension that any one would still want to own a gun after the Newtown incident

    April 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Debbie

    I commend you Anderson for trying to get a straight answer from your guest on background checks. When comparing paperwork required for selling a car to selling guns the fundamental right to carry arms was referenced. Where is our fundamental right to live in a safe society free from the gun violence that we have today. Something has to be done. Stop worrying so much about the fundamental rights of gun owners and focus on what we can do to end the absurdity of the violence against each other

    April 10, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
  5. S. Wollan

    What part of family member doesn't Mr. Keene understand? The killer of those 20 innocent children at Sandy Hook used his Mother's guns. Just because a gun is passed from one family member or friend to another doesn't mean the one receiving the weapon is competent to possess a gun.

    April 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Tammie

    Hi Anderson,
    First, I should point out that I am Canadian, and a gun owner. I truly do not understand this debate about background checks for gun purchases. One of the problems with the background checks as I understand them, is that it puts the onus on the seller of the gun to do the check. In Canada, we have a, I think, a better and simple solution that could be easily implemented in the USA, with even a few improvements. I truly do not understand why this is difficult and would like to understand. Here is the idea: license someone to purchase a firearm as you license them to drive a car. This license would simply show that they have passed a universal background check, and have to be renewed at regular intervals. Then, it is really simple for the seller of both guns AND ammunition to ask to see the license and be done. Sellers of guns should like this because it cuts down on paperwork for them and makes the sale immediate. Legitimate gun owners should never mind not having to do the paperwork every time they buy. The administration could easily be piggy-backed on some existing program to save money. Wouldn't this be a simple solution to the universal background check issue?

    April 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • Philip Whitmore

      Tammy I agree. I also am from Canada and have my licence. I have been telling my friends as well as posting concerning this background check idea. I think it is a great idea but at the same time it is cumbersome the way it is done here. In Canada ours is done via the RCMP. Here it can be done federally as well. This way we can interstate purchases.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  7. Frank Ardino

    The NRA representative is totally off base. I am a gun owner and permit holder, and until now a supporter of the NRA. Anyone purchasing a weapon should undergo a background check. Family member or not or whatever. Makes no difference if it as a store or gun show, or what statistics indicate. As we all no statistic's can manipulated and is not a true indicate of the fact or reality.

    April 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm |