Manchin: Gun Background Check Bill ‘Expands The Second Amendment’

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — One of the principal sponsors of defeated gun background check legislation says he isn’t giving up on getting a bill passed.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says backers of expanded background checks for gun purchases must focus on “where the comfort zone is” with gun owners.

A bill Manchin co-sponsored with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania failed to clear the Senate last month. The National Rifle Association, which staunchly opposed the measure, celebrated its defeat at a convention in Houston.

Manchin tells “CBS This Morning” in an interview Tuesday that the NRA, of which he is a member, has been “rattling the cage” to stir up opposition to enhanced background checks. He says nothing in the legislation infringes on the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.

“This bill not only protects your Second Amendment but expands the Second Amendment,” Manchin said.

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