When the law was signed into law last week, LaPierre publicly said it would do nothing to curb violent crime:
"I think the problem with what Connecticut did, is the criminals, the drug dealers, the people that are going to do horror and terror, they aren’t going to cooperate. All you’re doing is making the law books thicker for the law-abiding people.
From the very start, my thought has been how little it has to do with keeping kids safe and how much it has to do with this decade-long agenda against firearms that…some of the political class and the media have had."
Reacting to LaPierre's criticism, Governor Malloy said
Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention.
He went on:
That’s what he’s paid to do. But the reality is is that the gun that was used to kill 26 people on December 14th was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut even though we had an Assault Weapons Ban. But there were loopholes in it that you could drive a truck through. This guy is so out of whack, it’s unbelievable..
92% of the American people want universal background checks. I can’t get on a plane as the Governor of the state of Connecticut without somebody running a background check on me. Why should you be able to buy a gun? Or buy armor-piercing munitions? It doesn’t make any sense. He doesn’t make any sense. Thus my reference to the circus.
Bring it back to reality. Why are they against universal background checks when 92% of the American public is in favor of them? If they can’t answer that question — and they can’t, Candy — What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible even if they’re deranged, even if they’re mentally ill, evening if they have a criminal background, they don’t care. They want to sell guns
Over on Fox News Sunday, NRA-funded National School Shield Task Force chairman Asa Hutchinson acknowledged that expanded background checks at gun shows might be a necessary step:
"I would look certainly at the gun shows and the sales that surround that in that environment. If we can make sure there’s a comprehensive check and we keep criminals from obtaining guns in that environment then those checks would seem appropriate."
LaPierre, on the other hand, is on the record as saying that expanded background checks would be a "nightmare" for law abiding gun owners.
Today less than half of the NRA's revenue comes from membership dues. The majority of it comes from "contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising, much of it originating from gun industry sources."