NRA chief: Gun controls won't pass Congress

David Keene, head of the National Rifle Association
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DENVER (AP UPDATE) -- The head of the National Rifle Association says he's confident that Congress won't approve an assault weapons ban or an ammunition limit in the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.

David Keene called such gun control proposals "feel-good" measures that he says "won't do any good."

Keene is in Denver to meet with Colorado's Democratic governor and state lawmakers. He met with The Associated Press for an interview before sitting down with state officials.

Keene says universal background checks are popular with politicians but won't work. He says current background check systems are underfunded, and that requiring background checks on private sales would be a logistical mess.

Keene says that Congress and the states should focus on improving the existing background-check database.


DENVER (AP) -- The head of the National Rifle Association is in Denver to meet with Colorado officials about gun control.

David Keene is meeting with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Senate President John Morse, both Democrats. Hickenlooper favors expanded background checks. Morse has proposed a new liability law to make weapons producers legally liable for damage caused by their guns.

Colorado Republicans say expanding background checks to private purchases would require a full registry of gun owners. They say the gun-liability measure would effectively eliminate certain weapons from being sold. Keene is also likely to meet with legislative Republicans Thursday.

Keene has said the NRA is "generally supportive" of stronger background checks. Keene says more attention is needed on mental health, which is also subject of the Colorado Democrats' gun proposals.