LaPierre on Universal Background Check: Call It ‘Check on Law-Abiding People’

By Melanie Arter | February 4, 2013 | 4:18 PM EST

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association ( Starr)

( – National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told Fox News on Sunday that the universal gun background check system that President Barack Obama is calling for should be called “the check on law-abiding people,” because it’s going to affect law-abiding citizens.

“We ought to quit calling it right now universal. The real title ought to be the check on law-abiding people all over this country, and then let’s talk about how it’s gonna work,” said LaPierre, calling the universal background check “a failed system.”

Fox News host Chris Wallace asked LaPierre if he was in favor of a universal background check for gun buyers.

“That’s what President Obama’s now putting forward, and let me talk about that. It’s a fraud to call it universal. It’s never gonna be universal – the criminals aren’t gonna comply with it. They could care less,” LaPierre said.

LaPierre said the NRA originally proposed an instant background check system as an amendment to the Brady bill.

He said he doubted that mental health records would ever be computerized so that gun dealers can check patrons to see if they have a mental health issue barring them from owning a gun.

“You know the instant check was actually the NRA’s proposal. We offered it as an amendment to the Brady bill to put it on dealers, and I’ve been in this fight for 20 years,” LaPierre said.

“We supported it. We put it on the books, but I have finally become convinced after fighting to get the mental records computerized for 20 years and watching the mental health lobby, the HIPAA laws and the AMA oppose it, I don’t think it’s gonna happen,” he said.