Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA) held a press conference Wednesday to announce a bipartisan deal had been reached on an expansion to the background check system.
The deal requires a background check that must be recorded with a federally licensed firearms dealer on all commercial transactions–at gun stores, online, and at gun shows. Personal gun transfers “are not touched whatsoever” Toomey said during the press conference Wednesday. This compromise, that expands the background check system and includes record-keeping, stopped short of a universal background check requirement, supported by gun control advocates.
A bipartisan group of Senators reached this deal as Democrats’ gun control efforts seemed to be faltering in the Senate.
“What..became apparent to me in the course of this debate, there was the danger that we might end up accomplishing nothing and not making progress where we could,” said Toomey.