PENNSYLVANIA – We already know that Pat Toomey’s do-nothing gun control bill is so weak that gun control groups that previously endorsed it have now denounced it. Now, Pat Toomey is admitting that he’s in confidential talks with the NRA to weaken his already watered-down gun control bill.
Giordano: …The NRA is in opposition to this [bill] still , unless you’ve had conversations where they’re willing to compromise on it.
Toomey: So I don’t want to get into the details because the conversations are confidential, but we’re talking about some variations and some tweaks that I think it would get the President on board and that would help us bring enough Republicans to get to the 60 votes you need in the senate so i think it’s very unlikely that we will pass Manchin-Toomey in its original form…” [Dom Giordano, 9/4/19]
“Pat Toomey’s background check bill already doesn’t do anything to stop the vast majority of criminals from obtaining guns and now he’s conspiring with the NRA to water the bill down even more,” said Beth Melena, senior communications advisor for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “Pat Toomey would rather sellout to the NRA than take real action to prevent Pennsylvanians from being victims of mass shootings and gun violence.”
“Gun control advocacy group CeaseFirePA is urging Sen. Pat Toomey to abandon efforts to revive a failed background checks proposal in favor of what they say is a more comprehensive measure…CeaseFirePA previously supported the Manchin-Toomey measure,” [PennLive, 8/22/19]
“Gun control advocates Everytown for Gun Safety and former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a shooting survivor, previously supported Toomey’s measure. Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions, who even endorsed Toomey in 2016 Senate race, has rescinded their support for the Toomey bill.” [PennLive, 8/22/19]
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