Background Checks Deal Boosts Odds For Gun-Control Bill

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) (L) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) (R) hold a news conference on background checks for firearms on Capitol Hill in Washington April 10, 2013. REUTERS-Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

 

 

 

” The Manchin-Toomey deal would also create a commission that would study the causes of mass violence in the United States, examining images of violence in media and video games as well as issues such as school safety, guns and mental health.

Six members would be appointed by the Senate majority leader, currently Nevada Democrat Harry Reid, and six by the House speaker, currently Republican John Boehner.

“There is still a long road ahead and this bipartisan bill gives us reason to be optimistic,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign, adding that “a majority of the components” of the bill were acceptable.

Manchin’s participation in the deal on background checks could bolster the prospects for the legislation. The freshman senator from West Virginia represents a state where gun ownership has long been passionately protected.

Toomey, a conservative Republican, said he did not believe expanding background checks amounted to gun control.

“It’s common sense,” he said. “What matters to me is doing the right thing, and this is the right thing.”

Senators Mark Kirk of Illinois, a Republican, and Chuck Schumer of New York, a Democrat, also participated in the negotiations.