At a time when President Obama and numerous members of Congress are calling for an outright ban on weapons based solely on cosmetics, it’s refreshing to hear that at least one person in the Beltway can retain some common sense.
A U.S. senator is working with the National Rifle Association to draft gun control legislation that everyone can live with — Republicans, Democrats and, yes, even the NRA.
Conservative Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia “scores an A by NRA on pro-gun rights policies,” the OnTheIssues.org website says. Manchin told Metro News radio’s Talkline that he’s hammering out legislation with members of both parties, according to the Washington Post, which quotes the senator as saying on the radio show:
“I’m working on a bill right now with other senators — Democrats and Republicans — we’re trying to get it, and looking at a background check that basically says that if you’re going to be a gun owner, you should be able to pass a background check, to be able to get [universal background checks].
Manchin said he foresees exceptions to the background check requirement. For example, he would exempt “immediate family members, some sporting events that you’re going to — that if you’re just going to be using them at the sporting events.”
Manchin also said his bill would more than likely require background checks for sales between private parties.
“I think that’s common sense,” he said. “Why would a legitimate gun retail shop have to go through that, but then the unfair advantage for someone at a gun show doesn’t?”
If this is something the NRA has already agreed to, it represents a significant concession on its part.
If there is going to be any federal gun legislation enacted this year, Manchin’s proposals make far more sense than the efforts taken by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a fellow Democrat.
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