Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on April 10, 2013 @ 6:53PM
Created on April 10, 2013 @ 6:16PM
A U.S. Senator from the Mountain State is a driving force behind a new bi-partisan deal that's meant to expand background checks for gun buyers. It's believed this agreement could help build support for a gun control package deal to pass later this month.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania's Republican Senator Patrick Toomey believe their agreement would keep firearms away from criminals and the mentally ill.
The way they plan to do this is to have background checks applied to commercial sales that are done at gun shows and online. The sales would be required to go through licensed firearms dealers and the records from those transactions would have to be kept on file. Under their plan, there's some transactions that wouldn't be subject to background checks, such as those exchanges between family members.
Manchin and Toomey came up with this framework after both parties couldn't reach common ground about background checks. Conservatives had been objecting additional record-keeping, fearing that it could be a step towards a national gun registry.
"Nobody is going to take anybody's guns, nobody is going to take away anybody's rights from them. What we're doing is protecting, really, law-abiding gun owners, like myself, and also protecting the public from people who shouldn't have guns, not to have them," said Senator Manchin.
Manchin said that since tragedy in Newtown, Conn., both sides must find common ground. Toomey said he thinks expanded background checks are common sense and not gun control.
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