WASHINGTON (February 3, 2013)—Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's executive vice president, reiterated his opposition to background checks for all gun purchases Sunday, despite polls indicating that most NRA members don't share his position.
LaPierre told "Fox News Sunday" that background checks for all gun purchases would lead to a universal registry of gun owners.
Critics say such a registry could lead to taxes on guns or to confiscation.
Mark Kelly, a gun owner married to the former Arizona congresswoman who survived a 2011 shooting, asked LaPierre to listen to his members.
He said the current system prevented 1.7 million gun purchases since 1999, but those potential buyers had other options because many gun sales don't require a background check.
Kelly and LaPierre agree more people seeking to buy guns illegally should be prosecuted.