Skip to comments.Manchin says he's working with NRA on universal background check bill (Slippery Joe)
Posted on 01/26/2013 4:16:02 PM PST by Red Steel
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Thursday that he was working on a bill with Senate colleagues and the National Rifle Association (NRA) that would implement universal background checks, a major component of President Obama's proposed gun-control reforms.
Manchin, a member of the NRA, had not previously endorsed any specific measures to address gun violence.
"Im working on a bill right now with other senators Democrats and Republicans were trying to get it, and looking at a background check that basically says that if youre going to be a gun owner, you should be able to pass a background check, to be able to get [universal background checks]," Manchin told Metro News radio's "Talkline," in an interview reported by The Washington Post.
The West Virginia lawmaker went on to say his bill would carve out exceptions for certain transactions.
"With exceptions. The exceptions are: Families, immediate family members, some sporting events that youre going to that if youre just going to be using them at the sporting events. So were looking and talking to people with expertise. Im working with the NRA, to be honest with you, and talking to them," he said.
The NRA has been vocal in opposing the president's call for new gun controls, arguing that Obama has attempted to exploit the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school to limit Second Amendment rights. In remarks earlier this week, NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre accused the president of wanting to put "every private personal firearms transaction right under the thumb of the federal government."
Later Thursday, a spokesman for the NRA said that while the group was working with members of Congress to "address the problems with the background check system," the group would not support expanding background checks to include private transfers.
"If Sen. Manchin supports putting private transfers between law-abiding citizens under the thumb of the Obama-Holder justice department, we will vigorously oppose those efforts," said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.
Arulanandam said the gun rights group believed "what Congress needs to do is improve and not expand the system" to better prevent those suffering from mental illness from obtaining weapons.
In the radio interview, Manchin called background checks for private dealers who are exempted by the so-called gun-show loophole "common sense."
"Why would a legitimate gun retail shop have to go through that, but then the unfair advantage for someone at a gun show doesnt?" Manchin asked.
Earlier Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced an updated assault-weapons ban in the Senate that would ban the sale and manufacture of more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features. The bill would also ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Manchin has previously said that he does not think hunters need assault rifles, but has not explicitly said whether he would support Feinstein's bill.
--This report was updated at 1:55 p.m.
Manchin talks out every side of his mouth.
After he got told off by his constituents earlier in the week, he’s now trying to have is cake and eat it too.
Manchin is a phoney and I hope the voters of West Virginia remember this when he comes up for election again.
The NRA should be working on eliminating background checks altogether.
The NRA better not be doing that.
No more gun laws, period.
... joe is a local boy.... no one is going to check is heritage.....
"An article appearing on TheHill.com yesterday asserted that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) is working on a bill with the NRA that would implement universal background checks.
NRA does NOT support universal background checks and is not working with Manchin to implement this type of legislation. NRA opposes, and will continue to oppose, universal background checks and registration schemes.
We do believe that records of those who are prohibited by law from purchasing firearms (including those whose mental health history puts them in this category) ought to be included in the federal instant check system."
must be the harry reid wing of the NRA. what rinos? what are their names?
I’ve never voted for Manchin. Still lots of West Virginians will.
He's in office until 2017.
By then, this will be resolved, one way or another.
We have enough background checks now. Criminals don’t buy weapons at gun stores or gunshows. They buy them out of the trunk of a car. Mostly stolen. Universal background checks are just for law abiding citizens.
“No more gun laws, period”
Exactly, they should be fighting back not working with the enemy.
If that’s an irrational stance, so be it but it won’t change.
Wouldn’t have done a thing to stop the Sand Creek massacre, but you must never allow a crisis to go to waste.
How long before they tell us “With universal background checks, Adam Lanza would not have been able to steal his mother’s weapons after murdering her”?
You can always count on representatives of the Democratic [sic] party to strive relentlessly against our civil rights.
Hey Joe! How about you do one of those “background checks” on the person squatting in the White House?
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