The bipartisan agreement on background checks was written with the help gun advocate Alan Gottlieb. That’s what Gottlieb told supporters at a Portland, OR country club.
According to Gottlieb’s speech, caught on camera by Daylight Disinfectant‘s Dan Sandini, members of the gun rights organization were in the room with Senators Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) when they were writing their amendment, with the intention of creating a “pro-gun bill.”
“I spent hours and hours with Senator Manchin and Pat Toomey going over what’s in that bill,” Gottlieb told the crowd. He went on the outline the various “protections” he says he helped insert into the amendment that would prevent gun dealers from prison terms and lawsuits for failing to properly conduct the background checks that the bill is intended to require.
“It’s a Christmas Tree,” Gottlieb asserted, “and we just hung a million ornaments on it. We’re taking the background check and making it a pro-gun bill.”