February 14, 2011 4:19 pm ET — Chris Brown

National Rifle Association (NRA) executive vice president Wayne LaPierre spent his time at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) complaining about government policies that are "getting us killed," placing special emphasis on right-to-carry laws and the perceived evils of "Gun-Free Zones." So it might come as a surprise that LaPierre was speaking from a hotel in Washington, D.C., a city derided by the NRA for its gun laws.

In an exclusive Political Correction video of LaPierre speaking at a NRA University training session at CPAC, he says that "somebody ought to ask" why they don't hold CPAC in a more gun-friendly city:

POLITICAL CORRECTION: It's kind of a follow-up. I was just wondering why can't we get CPAC moved somewhere not Washington D.C. that has, say, some guns laws that are in line with the NRA's positions?

LaPIERRE: You know, that's a good question, actually. I think somebody ought to ask that. I don't know why they do it here to tell you the truth. We don't run CPAC. So I don't why they, Clint do you know why they have it here?


While the NRA doesn't run CPAC, they do sponsor the convention, and they certainly do run their own annual meetings. Despite their abhorrence of facilities and locations that do not allow firearms, they held their 2010 annual meeting at a convention center where guns were also not allowed.

As the NRA explained to members last year, when the group has to choose between larger facilities and the guns policies they claim are constitutional rights, bigger meetings win out:

The large size of our event and the fact that many of the largest convention centers are in some of the most restrictive cities leaves us with relatively few convention centers large enough to accommodate the Annual Meetings. In an effort to provide all NRA members a better opportunity to attend the Annual Meetings, it is important that we move the event around the country as much as possible.

The NRA also indicated that they would never bring their annual meeting to a city with gun laws that were restrictive, but that has done to nothing to prevent the NRA's current and previous sponsorship of CPAC.

Later, LaPierre dodged a follow-up question about fully funding the National Instant Check System (NICS) by rolling out some NRA talking points:

POLITICAL CORRECTION: To follow up, all I wanted to ask was just about the fully funding the NICS background check system. That's one of the myths that I hear a lot is that the NRA is against fully funding the NICS background check system. Um, and I just wanted to...

LaPIERRE: NRA has fought for that, NRA has fought for the whole, the whole...  to improve the NICS system. We have fought to make sure there's no fee that's attached to the purchase. We have fought to make sure they don't retain the records on law-abiding citizens once they, once they do it, so that there's not, it doesn't go into some federal computer or something. And we have achieved that. We've also made sure there is an appellate process where if you're wrongly included in it, you're not stuck in there forever and there's an appeals process. And we've also tired to hold them accountable in terms of cleaning up the records. And all of that. So uh the NRA has been involved from the very start in terms of trying to make that the NICS system does what it was set up to do. Which is quickly make sure that the law abiding people are able to, uh, to exercise their rights and, and, and to screen out a criminal that's out there trying to buy a firearm.


Although he did mention the NICS system a number of times, he never clarified if his idea of "improving" the NICS includes adding the over two million names that legally should be included but are missing. The fact that the NICS system is missing so many records should come as no surprise, since the NICS system is chronically underfunded, with only 5.3 percent of authorized funding having been appropriated. 

See the entire video of LaPierre's appearance at the NRA University below: