March 13, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The National Rifle Association is mailing 200,000 letters to West Virginians to explain why it opposes U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's gun buyer background check proposal.
The mail campaign launching this week follows up on TV ads exchanged by the NRA and the West Virginia Democrat over the measure.
Manchin says the mailing seeks to score cheap political points. He and Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, have proposed expanding background checks to gun show and online sales.
The NRA letter calls the measure flawed and failed, as it stalled in April.
The NRA also says that Manchin promised not to support such a proposal when he last sought the group's endorsement. Manchin, a former governor, had previously won support and top scores from the NRA. He's a lifetime NRA member.