Sen. Joe Manchin is part of a new bipartisan effort to expand background checks to more gun buyers. Manchin, a Democrat, 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, like 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 control. The NRA released a statement saying expanding background checks will not prevent the next shooting.