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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Gun Sale Background Check Deal Unveiled

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. (left) and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. have struck a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more firearms purchases. (AP)

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. (left) and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. have struck a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more firearms purchases. (AP)

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey are spelling out details of a deal to expand gun sale background checks to include all commercial sales including those by unlicensed private sellers at gun shows and those online.

Current law requires only licensed dealers to conduct background checks.

The deal would exempt sales between family members and short-term loans between hunters.

It was brokered by two men who are among the most conservative members of their party and it gives political cover to opponents of gun control legislation as it comes up for a key test vote in the U.S. Senate tomorrow.

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