Coming Up Short? Manchin-Toomey Background Check Proposal Lacking Support

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by S.H. Blannelberry

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It's a numbers game at this point. And that magic number is 60. Can Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) — the architects of a proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases made at gun shows and via the Internet — get the 60 votes they need to ensure their amendment is added to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's baseline gun bill? At this point in time, the answer is: no.

CNN, Washington Post, and POLITICO all have the two lawmakers coming up short.

Both Manchin and Toomey acknowledged that it's going to be an uphill battle to get their peers in the Senate to jump on board with their 49-page amendment.

u201CI'm cautiously optimistic,u201D Toomey told reporters on Monday. u201CWe're not there at the moment but were working on it.u201D

u201CWe're still working it, it's very close,u201D Manchin said. u201CI agree [with Toomey], it's very close.u201D

Manchin then said: u201CI'm talking to everybody.u201D

One of the key selling points of their measure is that it now has the backing of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a pro-gun organization with 650,000 members. In terms of membership numbers, the CCRKBA takes a backseat only to the National Rifle Association as far as power and influence are concerned within the gun community.

Manchin indicated that this could be a tipping point for those who are currently on the fence or for those who were initially opposed to expanded background checks.

u201CSome of them [senators] who might not have voted for cloture [in favor of the GOP filibuster] might be more receptive once they see the facts,” Manchin explained. “Now that we have gun groups coming out in support, it really helps us.”

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