Fox News contributor Michelle Fields recently penned an op-ed in the New York Times calling on Kelly Ayotte to take a “fresh look” at her gun control proposals.
The senator, a Republican who is running for reelection, was in the middle of a tour of New Hampshire on Friday, where she was campaigning with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
In the op-ad, Fields described a “new approach” that would “put more people back to work” and address “a pressing concern: the epidemic of gun violence.”
The NRA responded by calling Fields “a dishonest, dishonest liar.”
“We believe Sen. Ayotte is lying to her constituents about her new gun plan,” the group said in a statement.
“The NRA would be thrilled if Sen. Kelly Ayancs new gun-control proposal could pass the Senate, but we doubt it will.”
Ayotte’s proposal would require gun buyers to register with a federally-licensed gun dealer.
But it would not apply to private sellers, who are exempted from the requirement to register.
The NRA argued that requiring private sellers to register would lead to more gun sales, saying that “only about one in ten of the gun-show attendees have an NRA membership card.”
Fields, who has previously called for universal background checks, said she was “pleased” that Ayotte was considering the NRA’s proposals.
“She should take a fresh look at her proposals and reconsider her stance,” Fields wrote.
“I have been a longtime supporter of the Second Amendment and its protections.
The only time I’ve ever expressed that was on Fox News, and I will not do so anymore.”
Ayanc’s new proposal would apply to sales through federally licensed gun dealers and to private gun sales.
A number of the bills Ayotte introduced last year were also aimed at expanding background checks.
She introduced legislation that would have allowed gun sales through private sellers and a bill that would require background checks for any sales through a federally licensed dealer.
The legislation would have added a provision that would allow the FBI to obtain the names of all people who make purchases from a federally registered gun dealer through a search of electronic records.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Sens.
Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, wrote to Ayotte in July urging her to “take a fresh, bipartisan look at these bills.”
“The National Rifle Association is pushing through a bill to expand background checks on all gun sales and gun purchases,” Murphy said in the letter.
You need to act quickly, so we can protect the Second Amendments of our citizens and put more Americans back to the work they love, and not the dangerous, dangerous gun lobby’s anti-gun agenda.”