Senators reach deal to expand background checks on gun buyers

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WASHINGTON — Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Wednesday announced a compromise on the centerpiece of gun legislation the Senate is to begin deliberating later this week — an expansion of background checks that will cover most commercial gun sales.

“I don’t consider criminal background checks to be gun control. I think it’s just common sense,” Toomey said at a news conference, explaining that keeping guns from criminals and the dangerously mentally ill was the right thing to do. “Background checks are not a cure-all, but they can be helpful.”

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Months of negotiations between Manchin and another Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, moved slowly and eventually stalemated last week. Coburn’s main objection was the insistence of Manchin and other Democrats that record-keeping requirements under current law be extended to cover the additional transactions that would be subject to background check requirements.

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Toomey emerged late last week as the lead negotiator among a handful of Republicans that Manchin had been briefing throughout the talks. Negotiations continued well into the early morning hours Wednesday to finalize the language, after senators announced that they were within reach of a deal and the threat of a Republican filibuster to block consideration of any gun proposals appeared to fizzle.

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  • Chris

    Shall not be infringed!

    Just imagine if this unnecessary legislation is approved. Say you are a gun owner and you are leaving town and your wife will have access to your firearm, you will need to do a background check on her for her to legally be able to protect herself with the gun in her own home. If you leave your firearm secured in a safe with your wife for more than 10 days while she is not qualified to use it you are breaking the law.

    Not a single bit of this legislation would of stopped Sandy Hook and this will do nothing to stop the bad guys from owning firearms. Just make more law abiding citizens criminals for wanting to protect themselves in private and not under the watchful eye of the government.

    Republicans need to stand there ground on this. They are supposed to protect the constitution.