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Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms

Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms
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Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (R-Pa.) is planning to introduce legislation that expands background checks for firearm purchases, according to The Washington Post.

The senator — who, along with Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinFive takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Blankenship endorses ex-W.Va. GOP Senate rival, calls him 'lying' drug lobbyist Conservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign MORE (D-W.Va.), led an effort in 2013 to impose tougher gun measures — told the Post that he believes there is “a shot at getting a little bit of momentum” for background checks.

The legislation Toomey plans to propose will be a revival of the measure that failed to pass in 2013, which would have expanded background checks to cover sellers that have otherwise been able to skirt background checks, like online sellers and unlicensed gun show dealers.

Toomey told the Post that while some senators might have issues with his proposal, he feels it is the legislation most likely to find approval in the highly partisan Senate.

The announcement comes less than a week after a mass shooting at a South Florida high school that left 17 people dead and 14 others injured.

The shooting has reignited a national gun debate that had fizzled after the Las Vegas shooting in October.

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed that a majority of Americans support stricter gun laws. The poll also found that 97 percent of Americans support requiring background checks for all gun buyers.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE on Tuesday directed the Department of Justice to draft regulations that would ban bump stocks, a device that turns semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons.