Legislation would expand background checks on gun purchases
Almost 6.6 million guns are sold each year in the United States by unlicensed background checks..
April 19, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Prominent national faith leaders and their congregations across the country urged the U.S. Senate to pass the Manchin-Toomey proposal to expand gun background checks to gun shows, Internet and commercial sales. The faith leaders message: With more than 3,300 gun deaths since the Dec. 20 Newtown, Conn., tragedy, Congress must not waste any more precious time.
Nonetheless, the U.S. Senate while voting 55-45 in favor of the Manchin-Toomey legislation failed to pass it because of its supermajority rule requiring 60% of votes to pass the measure.