Steve King at CPAC: No universal background checks

As long as a law would prevent him from handing down his grandmother's gun, King said he'd be opposed

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 14, 2013 4:13PM (EDT)

 Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa           (Facebook/SteveKingIA)
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa (Facebook/SteveKingIA)

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was asked at CPAC whether he would support a law to implement universal background checks and close the gun show loophole. King replied that he opposes it as long as it would prevent him from giving his grandson a gun at Christmas.

"When somebody writes a background check law that doesn't prohibit me from giving my grandmother's .410, that she shot [chickens] with, to my grandson at the Christmas tree in my house without" getting the federal government involved, "then I'll take another look at it and perhaps have another opinion. Meanwhile, I don't want them to interrupt Christmas at the Kings'."

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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