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Patrick J. Toomey

Key Democrat pours cold water on gun background checks bill

WASHINGTON A recent string of mass shootings has Democrats and gun safety advocates renewing their call for legislation to require background checks for firearm purchases. But West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, the Democratic co-author of the bill, says it's going nowhere fast. "That bill's not going to come back up," Manchin told Bloomberg on Tuesday, "unless Republicans vote for it." In 2013, after a gunman massacred 26 people at Sandy Hook elementary school, in Newtown, Conn., Manchin partnered with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to write a bill that requires criminal background checks for people who buy a firearm at a gun show or over the Internet. Both senators had...

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