A Deal on Background Checks?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This morning, Republican Senator Pat Toomey (PA) and Democrat Joe Manchin (WV) are expected to announce their support for expanded background checks - including the closing of the so-called "gun show loophole." This could pave the way for other Republicans to support gun control legislation, end the filibuster, and lead to a vote in the Senate. Rachel Smolkin, deputy managing editor for POLITICO, discusses the news and helps play highlights from their press conference. Plus: Excerpts from President Obama's remarks on his budget proposal.

Comments [3]

David from Fredericksburg, VA

Everything I'm hearing about this deal on background checks sounds like no change whatsoever over the current situation.

I hear background checks for commerical sales will be required for gun show sales - they already are. If you purchase a weapon at a gun show from a dealer, they must run a background check, just as they do if you make the purchase at a store. In the same breath, I hear private sales will be exempt - so what's the change?

I also hear the deal includes no records are to be retained - so just how do they enforce background checks getting performed?

Apr. 11 2013 10:07 AM
Jf from The future

The only product that needs planned obsolescence is the only product that does not incorperate planned obsolescence. Its as if gun corperations true purpose is to create misery and violence in society and perpetuate it as much as possible to distract us from the economy which is a ponzi scheme. They male computers to last no more than 5 years, filling the earth with mkuntains of toxic waste, but the murder toool lasts for hundreds of years.

Apr. 10 2013 12:10 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Brian: (A comment on style)

Please give the perpetrators of mass shooting incidents the anonymity that they deserve by NOT referring to them by name after 60 days after the event.

Calling Adam L "the Newtown shooter" or 'Sandy Hook killer" works just as well as mentioning his name and decreases the chance that some sick person will commit an act like that one to become 'known'.

No more Whitmans, Kliebolds, etc.

Apr. 10 2013 11:37 AM

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