Toomey-Manchin background check measure faces obstacles

A Senate measure to expand background checks would seem headed for quick passage following the recent string of mass shootings and President Trump’s interest in the bill.

But decades of partisan fighting over gun control in Congress, coupled with the elevated political stakes in a looming election years, it is more likely headed for the legislative graveyard.

Sens. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, are lead sponsors of a bill to expand background checks to include gun show and internet sales.

President Trump signaled his interest in a background check measure, telling reporters last week, “There’s an appetite, and I mean a very strong appetite, for background checks.”

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Ron Smith says:

    JMichael is right on. They are quick to blame the gun as opposed to dealing with the person behind it.
    There are usually plenty of warnings but no one acts on them.
    Time to go after the persons responsible for not acting on the warnings.
    Take away our guns and we will be left defenseless. Thje only folks that will have guns are criminals who do not get them legally anyway and politician bigwig body guards.

  • Don’t Do Something Because Of Shootings That Should Have Been Prevented. Do The Right Thing! NO RED FLAG GUN LAWS!! THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!! Do your job with properly reporting mental illness and implementation of the Death Penalty for perpetrators and accomplices.

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