So much for that.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s bipartisan compromise proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases has been defeated in the Senate.
Toomey had teamed with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on the amendment that failed late this afternoon in the Senate.
The legislation would have made it harder for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to obtain guns, while preserving the rights of law-abiding people to do so, Toomey’s office said.
It would have expanded background checks to cover gun shows and sales over the Internet.
“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,” Toomey said in a statement.
“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,” he said.
– John Guerriero