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He was particularly critical of states, which he said are not placing the names of people into a national database designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. He said some states are not entering names into the system and 23 others are only putting in a small number of records.
"So when they go through the national instant-check system, and they go to try to screen out one of those lunatics, the records are not even in the system," LaPierre said.
Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut said he found the NRA’s statements in recent days disheartening because they deal with every possible cause of gun violence, except guns. He said the NRA’s position means that any new regulations that the administration wants to put into place early next year "is not going to happen easily."
"It’s going to be a battle, but the president, I think, and vice president, are really ready to lead the fight," Lieberman said on CNN’s "State of the Union."
Associated Press writer Adam Goldman contributed to this report.
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