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Sessions questioned on background check laws during confirmation hearing

Sen. Jeff Sessions's confirmation hearing for Attorney General continues today (Photo: AP)

Sen. Jeff Sessions’s con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing for Attor­ney Gen­er­al con­tin­ues today (Pho­to: AP)

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nee for Attor­ney Gen­er­al, Repub­li­can Sen. Jeff Ses­sions stat­ed that he believes in back­ground check laws dur­ing his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing Tues­day.

The top­ic of gun con­trol inevitably came up at the con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing, when Demo­c­rat Sen. Richard Blu­men­thal ques­tioned Ses­sions on uni­ver­sal back­ground checks, which Blu­men­thal thinks are “nec­es­sary to know whether the pur­chas­er is a felon or a drug addict or a domes­tic abuser.”

Ses­sions respond­ed: “I believe in back­ground check laws and many of them are appro­pri­ate, but in every instance? There are some instances when it’s not prac­ti­cal, like say for exam­ple some­body inher­it­ed a gun from their grand­fa­ther. Those trans­ac­tions I’m not sure should require that kind of uni­ver­sal back­ground check.”

Ses­sions has been giv­en an A+ rat­ing by the NRA and has long been a sup­port­er of gun rights. Accord­ing to On the Issues, Ses­sions vot­ed for stricter penal­ties against gun crim­i­nals but against back­ground checks at gun shows dur­ing his time as sen­a­tor.

Sessions’s con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing will con­tin­ue through today.
Ses­sions ques­tioned on back­ground check laws dur­ing con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing
Ses­sions ques­tioned on back­ground check laws dur­ing con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing

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