Sen. Tom Coburn says the bipartisan gun control measure proposed by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is the “wrong approach.”
In a statement released Wednesday, the Oklahoma Republican said the legislation expanding background checks to all commercial gun sales would put undue pressure on gun owners who follow the law, according to The Huffington Post.
“The Manchin-Toomey proposal is a good faith but unworkable plan,” said Coburn, who only weeks ago was reportedly working along with Manchin on a compromise bill. “The proposal will impose new taxes and unreasonable burdens on law-abiding citizens. The agreement also prioritizes collecting records over protecting citizens.”
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Coburn also insisted that people will simply look elsewhere to purchase their firearms to avoid more extensive background checks that would include gun show sales under the Manchin-Toomey proposal. He said he doubts it will pass Congress in its current form.
“A government takeover of gun shows will open more loopholes than it closes,” Coburn said. “Instead of paying a gun show tax, gun owners will simply handle those transactions elsewhere. The Manchin-Toomey proposal, unfortunately, trades a workable way to improve access to the [FBI background check database known as NICS] for a system that is not workable and will be extremely difficult to pass Congress and become law.”
Coburn plans to offer his own amendment to the proposed legislation using bipartisan gun control proposals that he says were abandoned in the Manchin-Toomey bill.
“For instance, I’ll propose a consumer portal that would facilitate access to the NICS database at not just gun shows but for virtually all private sales,” Coburn said.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham also told the Huffington Post that he doesn't support the Manchin-Toomey measure.
“Not a big fan of expanding background checks,” he said. “I appreciate the effort. I want to go a different way.”
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