The New York Times reports that Senators Manchin and Toomey are working behind the scenes to breath life back into the gun bill that failed last week in the Senate.
Senators Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, have been talking in recent days about how they could persuade more senators to support their bill to expand background checks for gun buyers, which drew backing from only four Republicans last week.
“We’re going to work it hard,” Mr. Manchin said Thursday, adding that he was looking at tweaking the language of his bill in a way that he believed would satisfy senators who, for example, felt that background checks on person-to-person gun sales would be too onerous for people who live in rural areas far from a sporting goods store.
Yeah, well, that’s not the only reason guys. The bill includes a recordkeeping requirement for gun dealers who perform the background checks for private sales. It was the only part that Chuckie Schumer wouldn’t let go during his negotiations with Manchin, so for that reason alone, I oppose the bill – the fact that Schumer won’t negotiate it away tells me that it’s part of a grander plan ending in national registration.
As I told Manchin in a fax this evening, I liked the part where CCW license holders could avoid background checks, but if Schumer is adamant about maintaining records of sales, I’m willing to sacrifice that convenience and continue to oppose the bill.
The Republicans, Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, are discussing ways they might support the bill, which would criminalize the shipping or transfer of guns to someone who is barred from possessing a firearm.
What? That’s not illegal now? I’m pretty sure it is, I’m positive that I read something in the US Code about it last time I read the damn thing, a few weeks ago when I was looking at something else. But if I’m wrong and it’s not in there, it damn well should be, but without all of the accoutrements about restricting legal gun owners.