The Washington Times - February 3, 2013, 12:05PM

Former astronaut Mark Kelly said Sunday that the universal background check at the heart of President Obama’s new gun control proposals has the support of gun owners such as himself and his wife, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — and should be supported by the National Rifle Association as well.

Mr. Kelly, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said he would like to see NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre “listen to his membership.”

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“Seventy-four percent of NRA members think [background checks are] a very reasonable thing to do,” Mr. Kelly said.

Mr. LaPierre, appearing on the same program, said background checks won’t stop criminals or the mentally ill from obtaining guns.