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Toomey to Reintroduce Expanded Background Check Bill

After initially filing the legislation in 2013 after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, the Pennsylvania Republican is trying again after Parkland.

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2018 @11:15am
Toomey to Reintroduce Expanded Background Check Bill

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) plans to reintroduce a safety bill that would expand background checks on individuals making gun purchases.

Toomey originally filed the legislation in 2013 with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Both that effort and another attempt in 2015 failed to pass the Senate.

In addition to requiring background checks for individuals who make purchases at gun shows and online, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explained the other components of the original Toomey bill:

In addition to expanding background checks, the legislation also would have created a gun-violence task force and would have withheld federal grants from states that didn’t comply with background check requirements.

The Allentown Morning Call has the latest on where reintroducing the legislation stands:

“It does feel like we have a shot at getting a little bit of momentum on background checks,” Toomey told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “We’re going to take a swing at that and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do it.”

Toomey told the Post he had spoken by phone with several senators over the holiday weekend about the legislation, and plans to talk to President Donald Trump this week.

NTK reported on several other gun safety measures Trump and the White House are advocating, but the renewed Toomey bill was not among them. The National Rifle Association (NRA) opposed the 2013 Toomey bill, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) claimed the legislation could lead to a federal registry of gun owners.

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