RealClearPolitics White House reporter Philip Wegmann repeatedly pressed Press Secretary Jen Psaki at Thursday’s briefing on the president's order banning so-called "ghost guns," that are assembled in private hands, asking if the administration can provide data on how many crimes are committed using them.
WEGMANN: I’m wondering, does the administration have data on how many crimes have been committed with these ghost guns that your team could share?
PSAKI: I'm sure we can get you some data, sure. And I'm--I bet you a range of the--the experts who are joining us here today have a bunch of data and that they could share with you as well, even maybe on their websites.
WEGMANN: Very good. Alright. Then following up the President said a moment ago, “You go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want, no background check.” Is there a special exemption in federal law that he was referring to, or just do FLA dealers not have to do background checks when they’re at a gun show
PSAKI: Are you asking me if he was referring — [INAUDIBLE WEGMANN] — No. It’s okay. Were you asking me if he was referring to a specific circumstance or? I’m sorry, just tell me a little bit more about you question.
WEGMANN: Yeah, I mean, is it the President’s belief that you do not have to undergo a background check when you are at a gun show?
PSAKI: No, it’s not his belief. He believes that background checks should be universal.
WEGMANN: Right. But he says no background check.
PSAKI: Well, we know what his position is, right? So let me reiterate that, which is that background checks are something that should be universal. They’re supported by more than 80 percent of the public. He supported legislation, advocated for that and advocated against loopholes as well, so that’s his position and I appreciate you asking for the clarification.