POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 6:40pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 10:05pm
Two pro-gun senators have jump-started a gun control bill that had stalled in the senate.
Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania are offering up an amendment that expands background checks ... to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
But they say it also protects the rights of gun owners.
The amendment may disappoint both sides of the gun debate ... but has enough compromise to win over republicans and democrats in the Senate.
The Senate is moving forward today with gun control legislation ...
The deal would extend background checks to gun shows and online sales ...although actually, online sales already have to be handled by a Federal Firearms License holder.
The bill leaves some loopholes ... like transferring guns between family members.
And it does not ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
The National Rifle Association didn't denounce the compromise - but said background checks won't solve the nation's crime problem or keep kids safe.
And the NRA has already issued their statement on the deal.
“Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools. While the overwhelming rejection of President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg's "universal" background check agenda is a positive development, we have a broken mental health system that is not going to be fixed with more background checks at gun shows. The sad truth is that no background check would have prevented the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson.”
The compromise was designed to ease the concerns of fourteen republicans who threatened a filibuster.
While the deal may loosen the logjam in the Senate ...it's sure to be a much tougher sell in the House .