From the article:
Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., reminded LaPierre that the NRA
once supported checks with "no loopholes anywhere, for anyone." So does the NRA
favor closing the "gun-show loophole" that allows people to avoid background
"We do not," LaPierre replied.
His reasoning, as always, is that existing gun laws aren't being enforced,
but he seems to have pulled the evidence out of his gun barrel. "Out of more
than 76,000 firearms purchases supposedly denied by the federal instant check
system, only 62 were referred for prosecution," LaPierre declared.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., looked up the actual statistic. "In 2012,
more than 11,700 defendants were charged with federal gun crimes," Whitehouse
said, "a lot more than 62."
LaPierre had been caught. "So those — the 62, senator, statistic, was for
Chicago alone," he clarified, a salient fact omitted from his original