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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Manchin Just Won't Stop Trying on Background Checks

The Hill reports:

Manchin has said he’s continuing to work behind the scenes to revive the legislation, and is considering cosmetic changes to “clarify” language that some lawmakers were uncomfortable with. For instance, the bill does not require background checks for private gun sales, only commercial sales, but some said the bill didn’t go far enough in delineating that distinction.
Not sure why The Hill said private sales were not targeted by Manchin/Toomey/Schumer, that was the point of the amendment.  It did limit what privates sales would be covered but it did indeed cover some private sales, and it was the chance that this would lead to a registry of gun owners is what stopped that effort in its tracks.  We were called paranoid since the bill expressly forbid such a registry but The Hill also pointed to why gun owners didn't exactly trust such assurances.

The Manchin-Toomey bill specifically outlaws such a registry, but skeptical opponents to the legislation may now point to government usage of private-citizen data at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) as evidence the government can’t be trusted.
So this begs the question, why does Manchin keep pushing on this issue?

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