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Background checks amendment fails

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Apr 17, 2013 3:32 PM

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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