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jdhelm

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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2013 6:28:14 PM

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s gun buyer background check proposal, and the senator is whining

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The National Rifle Association is mailing 200,000 letters to West Virginians to explain why it opposes U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s gun buyer background check proposal, and the senator is whining that the mailing seeks to score cheap political points.

The NRA effort faults Manchin, a Democrat, for promising not to support such a proposal when he sought the group’s backing in 2012.

He and Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, have proposed expanding background checks to gun show and online sales. The NRA also says that Manchin promised not to support such a proposal when he last sought the group’s endorsement.

Manchin, a former governor, had previously won support and top scores from the NRA. He’s a lifetime NRA member.

The letter reads in part, “The Manchin amendment would have forced law-abiding gun owners like you to get government permission to buy a firearm from a lifelong friend if it was seen on Facebook, advertised in a local church bulletin, or the transaction occurred at a gun show.”

The two-page mailing does not mention Toomey — though it does refer to President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. None are popular with gun rights advocates, and the president has generally gotten low marks in West Virginia.

Manchin also recently went back and forth with Beretta USA, after a company executive blamed him for the firearms maker’s decision not to consider West Virginia as a home for its facilities.

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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2013 6:57:21 PM

Here in Iowa (as it is in most states as I recall), when you buy a gun at a gun show or online, you have to fill out a 4473. At the gun show, the seller is required to fill out this form. Online, the seller cannot ship a gun directly to the buyer. Instead, the online seller has to ship the weapon to a FFL, who then in turn has the buyer fill out the 4473.

So, in effect, the senators Manchin and Toomey apparently don't realize that this already happens.
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