Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.
The amendment to expand background checks to firearm purchases online and at gun shows has just failed. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey sent out this statement:
“I did what I thought was the right thing for our country. I sought out a compromise position that I thought could move the ball forward on an important matter of public safety. My only regret is that our amendment did not pass. It’s not the outcome I hoped for, but the Senate has spoken on the subject, and it’s time to move on. We have a lot of other very important issues to deal with such as getting the economy back on track, dealing with the debt ceiling and creating more jobs for Pennsylvanians.”
Toomey received a bit of backlash from gun rights supporters for sticking with the amendment. It'll be interesting to see how he's received at a conservative confab this Friday. He takes the stage at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in the early afternoon. Get there early.
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