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Manchin: Trump Has 'Golden Opportunity' to Back Gun Reforms That 'Make Sense'

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 18 August 2019 12:02 PM

President Donald Trump has a “golden opportunity” to “start making America safe again” by supporting background checks for gun purchases that "make sense" in the wake of increasingly common mass shootings, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said Sunday.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Manchin touted his own background from a “gun culture” and insisted “law abiding gun owners will do the right thing," but that commercial sales are another matter.

When I drafted that bill in 2013 and [Sen.] Pat [Toomey, R-Pa.] came on as my partner and we worked that bill, it was basically around law-abiding gun owners,” he said of the defeated gun control amendment that would’ve required background checks for most gun sales between private parties.

“Law-abiding gun owners will do the right thing, but when it comes to background checks, when you go to a commercial transaction, such as a gun show or an internet [transaction], you don't know the person, common sense should tell you…you should have a background check."

“President Trump has a golden opportunity, truly a golden opportunity to, start making America safe again,” he continued. “Make America safe again by starting with this basic building block of background checks.”

Manchin said he will “protect the Second Amendment” with sensible reforms.

“I'm a law-abiding gun owner. I do the right thing,” he said. “But if I go to the gun show and I go on the internet and somebody wants to buy my gun, I've been taught not to sell my gun to a stranger,  to someone who has a criminal background, someone who is not mentally stable.”

“There are so many other good things that have been brought to the table, you know, the red flag bill that [Sen.] Lindsey Graham [R-S.C.] and a lot of us are working on makes sense,” he added.

“If we can identify and get somebody help before they do some horrible tragedy, it should be done. And we have the ability to do these things that really make sense.”

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