Gun Rights Group Backs Toomey- Manchin Bill
Says legislation offers 'advances for our cause'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., right, accompanied by Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The NRA has slammed Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin's new background-check proposal, but another gun-rights organization is supporting it. Calling itself the country's second-biggest gun-rights advocacy group, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says the proposal includes "advances for our cause," the Daily Intelligencer reports. Among those advances: "interstate sales of handguns, veteran gun rights restoration, travel with firearms protection ... and most important," jail time for anyone attempting to establish a gun registry based on sales data.

"These advances for gun rights" depend on substituting the Toomey-Manchin proposal "for the current draconian background-check bill that is pending before the Senate," says a group leader, per Politico. But the gun group's support may not be enough to surpass intra-party conflicts. Some Democrats up for reelection next year have already vowed not to support the proposal, while moderate and conservative Republicans are divided on the issue, the New York Times notes. With immigration reform and gun control both on the table, some Republicans may end up picking one or the other. "We’ve got some work to do," says Manchin.

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Apr 15, 2013 8:38 PM CDT
Repeal the 2nd!
Apr 15, 2013 2:31 PM CDT
So, the guvment wants to know all the people buying guns but doesn't care who votes? When will adults come up with sensible laws?
Apr 15, 2013 11:52 AM CDT
There are 270 million guns in the United States (or about 89 for every 100 citizens). In 2011, there were 8,583 firearms homicides, down from 11,078 in 2010 (a decrease of 22.6%). Thus, of the population of 270 million firearms, only about .003 percent are used for homicides (not accounting for the chance that multiple guns are used in some homicides). Let’s say for the sake of argument an average of 1.6 guns are used for each homicide, a not unrealistic estimate. In that case, we will push the stat up to about .005 percent. That means around 99.995% of guns are not used for homicides each year in the United States. If guns actually caused murders, nearly 90% of the U.S. population would have been killed last year. instead, only 0.0027 percent of the population were killed by people with firearms.