Sen. Manchin vows to reintroduce bill expanding background checks

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) promised on Sunday to continue his push for legislation to expand background checks for gun sales.

Manchin said he "absolutely" plans to bring his legislation back to the Senate floor and insisted the measure could pass.

"I truly do," Manchin said on "Fox News Sunday." "The only thing we've asked for is that people read the bill."

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Manchin's bill, which would have required background checks for all gun show and Internet sales, failed in a 54-46 vote earlier this month.

The bill faced opposition from the nation's gun lobby which said it would criminalize firearm transfers between family members and could lead to the creation of a federal database of gun owners, claims the sponsors rejected.

Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.), the lead co-sponsor of the legislation, suggested this week that he has no plans to revive the bill.

"My own view is very simple: The Senate has had its vote. We've seen the outcome of that vote. I am not aware of any reason to believe that if we had the vote again that we'd have a different outcome," Toomey said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.



But Manchin said he spoke with Toomey on Saturday night and believes the senator "is totally committed" to the bill.


"I don't think he's done. I really don't," Manchin said.