U.S. Senators Unveil Deal on Gun Sales Background Check
WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators have reached a deal on background checks, ahead of a vote on new gun control laws.
A pair of bipartisan senators have announced a deal on
expanding background checks to more gun buyers. The agreement could build
support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Patrick
Toomey of Pennsylvania said their agreement would help keep firearms from
criminals and the mentally ill.
The checks would now apply to commercial sales, such as transactions at gun
shows and online. The sales would have to be channeled through licensed firearms
dealers, who would have to keep records of the transactions.
Manchin said that since the slayings of school children and educators in
Newtown, Conn., both sides in the gun debate must find common ground. Toomey
said he considers expanded background checks common sense, not gun