Toomey reacts after his gun bill fails
WASHINGTON — What is next for Pat Toomey (R-PA), after the U.S. Senate rejected his bill, co- authored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), that would have expanded background checks on gun buyers to include sales made at gun shows and online? Toomey spoke with us about the next step for him on WKOK’s Friday On The Mark program.
Toomey said, “My focus is going to go back to what my focus has been. I support the legislation that I helped write with Joe Manchin. If it has another chance at some point, I will support it then as well. But, you know, I think frankly that looks unlikely. There was a vote in the Senate and it did not succeed, so I don’t think that is going to change anytime soon.”
Toomey had called his plan a “common sense” proposal that would not restrict lawful gun owners. But opponents including both Republicans and Democrats, raised concerns that the plan would violate Second Amendment rights. Toomey said he was trying to keep guns out of the hands of people who have no legal rights to have them. He said it was not about gun control.
You can hear more from Senator Pat Toomey from Friday’s On The Mark program online at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens)
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