Dem, GOP senators work on background check deal

April 7, 2013 • National News

FILE – In this March 14, 2013, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress returns Monday, April 8, 2013, from a two-week spring recess with gun control and immigration high on the Senate’s agenda. Short of unanimous support in their own party, Democratic senators have been unable to strike a deal with Republicans for the votes they will need to push background check legislation through the chamber. Reid might delay debate to give bargainers more time, underscoring how crucial the proposal is to the gun control drive. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential senators, one from each party, are working on an agreement that could expand background checks on firearms sales to include gun shows and online transactions, Senate aides said Sunday.

If completed, the effort could represent a major breakthrough in the effort by President Barack Obama and his allies to restrict guns following last December’s massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., could nail down an accord early this week, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private talks. With the Senate returning Monday from a two-week recess, the chamber’s debate on gun control legislation could begin as soon as Tuesday, though it might be delayed if the lawmakers need more time to complete a deal, the aides said.

Expanding background checks to gun shows and online sales is one possibility that has been discussed, and the overall package, if completed, could still change, aides said. The senators are also discussing Login to read more

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