GOP Senator: We’re going to pass major gun control

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Republican Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey says he believes he has the votes and White House support to finally pass a controversial gun control scheme narrowly defeated in 2013.

Known as “Manchin-Toomey” for its other sponsor, Democrat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, the bill expands federally-mandated background checks to guns sold on the Internet and at gun shows, closing what gun grabbers falsely call the “gun show loophole.”

“Fundamentally, [it’s] a difficult task. That being said, the chances are looking better than they have ever looked at any time, certainly, since Sen. Manchin and I first pushed for Manchin-Toomey back in 2013,” Toomey tells POLITICO.

“Fundamentally, [it’s] a difficult task. That being said, the chances are looking better than they have ever looked at any time, certainly, since Sen. Manchin and I first pushed for Manchin-Toomey back in 2013,” Toomey said.

Toomey says he’s spoken with President Trump, who he says is “very interested” in the bill. Trump has said there is a “great appetite” for expanding background checks even though data shows it stops virtually no sales and doesn’t prevent mass shootings.

In 2013 the plan initially passed the Senate and had the support of President Barack Obama, but ran into a roadblock in the House.

Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) filed a “blue slip” resolution against the bill, which is a little-known procedure in the U.S. House that automatically rejects legislation creating a tax that originates in the Senate. Under the U.S. Constitution legislation creating a tax may only originate in the House, and Stockman noted the bill imposed a mandatory fee on gun buyers to cover the cost of the background check.

It is unknown if the new Toomey bill will remove the fee, or if the Democrat-controlled House will simply ignore the rule and pass it anway.