"Moving forward we will continue working with our colleagues on both
sides of the aisle here in the House, and plan on introducing similar
legislation to require comprehensive and enforceable background checks
on all gun sales with reasonable family and friends exceptions," the
congressmen said in a statement.
King and Thompson, who has lead a House Democratic task force on gun control, have been coordinating with Sen. Pat Toomey's (R-Pa.) office in crafting the measure, CNN reported.
Toomey and Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinGroups urge Senate to oppose defense language on for-profit colleges How Congress got to yes on toxic chemical reform Red-state Dem hits back over coal, court attacks MORE (D-W.Va.) announced on Wednesday that they had reached a deal that would require background checks for gun purchases at gun shows, through classified ads and on the Internet.
That deal is likely to be offered as an amendment to a proposal on gun control Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Wasserman Schultz fights to keep her job Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE (D-Nev.) plans to bring to the Senate floor on Thursday.
“This is an issue which has grabbed hold of the American people. It is an issue, I think, an issue that has to be resolved. And even if it doesn't go down the way I want it to, I think the American people are entitled to a debate,” King said Wednesday in an interview on CNN's "Starting Point."
—This story was updated at 11:51 a.m.