The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won’t work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration, ideas the White House does not support, reports the Associated Press.
The memo, attributed to Greg Ridgeway, acting director of the National Institute of Justice, critiques the effectiveness of gun control proposals, including some of President Obama’s. A Justice Department official called the memo an unfinished review of gun violence research and said it does not represent administration policy. The memo says requiring background checks for more gun purchases could help, but also could lead to more illicit weapons sales. It says banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines produced in the future but exempting those already owned by the public, as Obama has proposed, would have limited impact because people now own so many.