PARKERSBURG - A gun-control bill was proposed by a New York senator without the support of senators he worked with on a compromise, including Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Manchin, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., had been working with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., behind the scenes for weeks on a compromise on background checks on gun sales. The renewed discussion on gun control comes in the wake of the mass killings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Schumer proposed a bill similar to legislation he offered two years ago that would require background checks on most sales, except for deals between family relatives. Schumer presented the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee without the support from Coburn, who has an A rating from the National Rifle Association, which opposes expansion of background checks.
An issue Coburn has with the Schumer proposal is requiring private sellers to keep paper records of transactions, national media outlets said. Only commercial dealers are required to keep sales records.
Manchin and Kirk issued a joint statement on Schumer's legislation, saying it doesn't have their support.
"We are committed to continuing to work in a bipartisan effort with Sens. Schumer, Coburn and others in order to find a common sense solution for enhanced background checks, however, Sen. Schumer's current proposal is one we cannot support as it stands today," the statement said.
The goal is a bill closing loopholes without burdening law-abiding citizens, Manchin and Kirk said.
"Any bill we support will guarantee that Americans' Second Amendment rights are clearly protected. We simply want to make sure firearms do not end up in the hands of convicted criminals or people who are deemed mentally unstable by court ruling. While the bill Senator Schumer introduced today doesn't meet this standard, we will continue to work with Sen. Schumer, Sen. Coburn and other colleagues to find a common sense compromise."