WASHINGTON (AP)- Earlier today two Senators critical to the gun control debate have announced a bipartisan agreement on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. The initial agreement potentially builds support for President Barack Obama's aim to reduce gun violence.
Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Patrick Toomey (R-Pa) told the press their agreement would help keep firearms from criminals and the mentally ill.
The background checks would now apply to commercial sales, such as transactions at gun shows, as well as online. Gun sales would have to be channeled through licensed firearms dealers who would be required to keep records of their transactions.
Manchin said since the slayings of school children and educators in Newton, Conn, both sides in the gun debate must find common ground. Toomey stated the expanded background checks are common sense, not gun control.
The Senate will vote on the proposal tomorrow.