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Gun background checks still in the crosshairs of bipartisan House posse

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A bipartisan duo in the House said Wednesday they're not giving up on efforts to expand background checks for gun purchasers and pushed back against those who claim their proposal will lead to a national gun registry.

Reps. Peter King, New York Republican, and Mike Thompson, California Democrat, acknowledged during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe that it will be a heavy lift to get Republicans to sign off on tighter gun control laws.

But they said they'll continue to lobby lawmakers to get on board their plan, which basically mirrors the so-called "Toomey-Manchin" amendment that the Senate shot down last month.

"As a Republican, I think this is a very legitimate and rational way to stop gun violence and obviously without any way infringing on the Second Amendment," Mr. King said.

Mr. Thompson said they have collected more than 150 House co-sponsors and stressed that the proposal would make it a felony, punishable by up to 15 years, to create a national gun registry - an idea that conservatives abhor.

"It is a pro-Second Amendment, pro-gun violence prevention bill that requires background checks if you buy a gun at a gun show or through an advertised sale," Mr. Thompson said.

Mr. King said that is is "entirely untrue" that the proposal would lead to a national gun registry and said that those who argue otherwise are "lying."

"Unfortunately when it comes to guns there are certain Republicans who just see any movement at all toward any type of regulation no matter how minimal as a severe infringement on the Second Amendment," Mr. King said. "I just don't see it."

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