West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin revealed on Tuesday that he opposed a bill recently passed by his colleagues in the House of Representatives which would have required background checks for any and all individuals purchasing any sort of firearm.
As The Hill reports:
“What the House passed? Not at all,” Manchin said, when asked if he supports the legislation.
The House passed two bills this month: one to extend the window for completing a background check before a gun sale and a second that would extend background checks to all sales and transfers. However, the second bill provides exemptions including for transfers between family members, responding to an immediate threat or temporary transfer for hunting.
Manchin apparently is seeking a carve out to exempt sales between individuals who know each other:
“I come from a gun culture. I’m a law-abiding gun owner,” Manchin said, adding that he supports “basically saying that commercial transactions should be background checked. You don’t know a person.”
“If I know a person, no,” Manchin said.
The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate without Manchin’s support, so whatever demands he makes will likely be listened to quite closely by Democrat leadership.