Toomey to Rehash Background Check Bill in New Congress

Anti-gun Republican Senator Pat Toomey is at it again…


Fresh off a tough re-election campaign where he gained support from gun control groups, Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey signaled he was ready to give his old bipartisan background check bill a fresh look.

On the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting Wednesday, Toomey said he looks forward to working with Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, on the eponymous background check bill they proposed in 2013 as a response to the tragedy.

“It was a terrible day for our country, and meeting some of the families of the victims was one of the most moving moments in my Senate career,” he said in a statement. “These senseless killings also inspired me to work across the aisle on common sense gun safety legislation that upholds the Second Amendment while also making it harder for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to purchase a firearm.”

The original 2013 proposal would have expanded background checks to cover sales between private parties that occur over the Internet and at gun shows. In the end, it failed in the Senate by a 54-46 vote. This led to condemnation from President Obama who at the time said Republicans and the National Rifle Association had “willfully lied” about the sweep of the legislation.

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