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Toomey: Background checks are 'common sense,' not gun control

The proposal would expand background checks to cover all sales at gun shows and over the Internet. Those background checks would have to be accompanied by records proving to law enforcement officials they took place.

Toomey’s support for the proposal is a major victory for gun-control advocates who want to expand background checks because he has an A rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA). He will give cover to centrist Democrats facing reelection next year, such as Sen. Mark Begich (Alaska) to vote for the gun-violence bill.

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“I don’t consider criminal background checks to be gun control; I think it’s just common sense,” said Toomey. “If you pass a criminal background check, you get to by a gun. It’s not a problem. It’s the people who fail a criminal or mental health background check that we don’t want having guns."

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