National Politics

Feb 20, 2013 10:20 PM

NRA President Doesn't Expect Filibuster

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - National Rifle Association President David Keene says he doesn't expect a filibuster from gun rights supporters as the Senate prepares to vote on potential gun control issues.

Keene spoke Wednesday at Harvard's John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in a one-hour event moderated by CNN chief national correspondent John King.

Asked if the NRA would support efforts to block votes, Keene said President Barack Obama wants votes on the issue, the NRA wants votes, and "there will be votes."

Keene also acknowledged the NRA would punish members of Congress who support universal background checks on gun purchases. The NRA once supported universal background checks but now opposes them.

Keene has become a public voice for the gun rights group in debates following the Connecticut school shootings in December.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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