NHDP - Fact Check: Ayotte Op-ed is Full of Holes

Kelly claims to support background checks after voting against them


Concord  - After weeks of harsh criticism from across the state, Kelly Ayotte's attempts to explain away her vote against expanding background checks are becoming more and more desperate.  Her latest op-ed plays fast and loose with the truth about the bi-partisan Manchin-Toomey compromise legislation she voted against.


Ayotte claims she is in favor of improving the national instant criminal background check system, also known as NICS.  But Ayotte voted against strengthening NCIS.  The Manchin-Toomey compromise would have improved the "existing instant check system by encouraging states to put all their available records into" NCIS.   [Manchin.senate.gov]


Further, Ayotte's votes don't back up the claim that she is focused on "fixing the existing system, which criminals are flouting."  The compromise legislation Ayotte voted against would have expanded background checks to "commercial sales, including sales at gun shows and internet sales," making it harder for criminals to flout the system by purchasing a gun without going through a background check. [Manchin.senate.gov]


"The fact of the matter is that Ayotte voted against commonsense gun violence prevention legislation supported by 90% of her constituents and no NRA talking point exists to justify why," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.


Ayotte closed her op-ed by committing to "continue to try to work across the aisle to prevent violence, enforce and improve our broken background check system" - unfortunately that too is exactly what she voted against in the U.S. Senate.  The compromise bill was co-sponsored by a member of each party, improved the background check system, and expanded it.  [Manchin.senate.gov]


"It is insulting that Senator Ayotte thinks the people of New Hampshire would actually believe she voted against legislation to improve and expand background checks as a way to improve them," added Kirstein.