U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s proposal to expand background check requirements to firearms purchases made at gun shows and online will not part of any federal gun control legislation.

The compromise amendment Sen. Manchin, a Democrat, and Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican, offered last week was rejected with a 54 to 46 vote from the U.S. Senate on Wednesday afternoon.

Sixty votes were needed to avoid a filibuster.

Sen. Manchin says those against the proposal made the most noise in the days leading up to the vote.  “That is a very small minority but, boy, can they talk.  They’re very loud,” he said on the Senate floor on Wednesday morning.

While on the floor, he held up his National Rifle Association membership card and claimed those with the gun lobby group were telling “lies” when claiming his proposal would not allow for gun transfers among family members.

President Barack Obama, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in 2011, and U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller were among those reportedly working to secure the needed Senate votes for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment.

“The options are before us: take a stand and pass reasonable legislation that starts to keep guns out of dangerous hands, or do nothing for the children whose lives have been cut unimaginably short, for the parents, siblings and classmates who will forever ache, and for those we just might be able to save,” Senator Rockefeller said in a statement.

Senator Manchin says the people he represents in West Virginia understand the change he was trying to make.

“They’ve heard all of this hogwash out there and all the lies and people trying to misrepresent and, when you talk to them, over 80% of them Madame President, said ‘I agree with you.  You’re right,'” he said on the floor.

The Manchin-Toomey Amendment was one of more than half a dozen amendments offered to the larger firearms bill that was written as a response to the December shootings of 26 people, most of them kids, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Leading Senate Democrats had originally proposed universal background checks for gun purchases.


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  • Lloyd

    Joe Manchian is a traitor to the state of WV. He needs to go in the election. WV is strong in the progun area and he doesn't listen to anyone in WV. The only thing he hears is Obama's Bull S@#T. Find a real job Joe.

  • waterman

    Some years ago, WV received national notoriety for its Mothman. Was it real, who knows? However, this time around the newest creature to emerge from the hills is basking in the spotlight for all to see. It's Morphman! Watching Joe Manchin change from a gun toting conservative to a Harry Reid sycophant hasn't required time-lapse photography, its almost been spontaneous. But, it seems he hasn't been able to deliver the goods so I hope the pay-off comes through before being thrown off the Obama bus.

  • LOL

    Finally Joe did the right thing... I know I'm in the minority here in WV but I'm proud that he had the guts to do right. West Virginians are stuck in time...This isn't 1776 anymore. It's time to evolve. We don't need armed militas anymore...

    • NorthernWVman

      we also don't need freedom of religion, freedom of women to vote, freedom from unreasonable search and siezure, etc. Because it is not 1776 anymore.

    • Lloyd

      What we don't need is Joe or Obama and I will keep my guns.

  • Big Daddy

    Manchin telling Hoppy now that the NRA is "lying", that the Bill does not infringe on ANY transfer of ownership.

    He said that the Bill is still alive and that he will push to do so - Needs 5 votes. He's also of the belief that this Amendment will prevent future school shootings.

    Regarding internet sales, he said he doesn't know what the problem is and why people are upset.


    Joe (and Toomey too) missed the boat AGAIN. He truly believes we are stupid.

  • Levelheaded

    I'm sick and ashamed because I voted for this SOB. Next time he runs I'll do anything I can to defeat him. I just feel betrayed.

  • poca guy

    Did you see the part where Rockefeller said 80% of his constituents agreed with him.

    • poca guy

      check that. It was Manchin.

  • Common Since

    Looks like it's gonna take another school massacre or a lot of innocent people at a shopping mall or sporting event for Senators to wake up. Come on people!

    • Lloyd

      I reckon now we need to ban pressure cookers since 180 people were injured with them in Boston. Same stupid logic the anti gun people are pushing down our throat.

  • winston

    Obama Joe must go.

  • Levelheaded

    We already have background checks, all gun owners know this. Why doesn't the larger public know it? As far as "universal background checks", does that mean the law is applicable on other planets? You cannot buy a gun "online" now, so why fix something that isn't broken.

  • NorthernWVman

    Andy, would you like to expand on your claim that "there are plenty of others who conduct online sales, legally, without any registered dealer involvement or a background check"????

    Name specifics, if you can where it is legal and it occurs!!!!

  • Bill Carter

    What rating will the NRA give him now ? "Joe needs to go"......

  • Levelheaded

    Me and mine are done with him. Wish we could recall the SOB.

  • Mike

    A link to the Senate vote.


    I've always voted for Manchin. NEVER AGAIN.

    He must get his news from the White House since he thinks the majority of WV people support him.

  • PCM

    We could train a monkey to beat him....but we (conservatives) can't find a monkey!

  • Medman

    I believe that Joe thought he had to connect with the Liberal DC crowd in order to move up the political ladder. Incredibly, he openly admitted that his plan for more gun control would not have prevented the Newtown mass murders. The "tea leaves" told him that jumping on the Obama anti-gun bandwagon was his ticket to fame and fortune, but he did not comprehend the fact that he is a small fish in a big pond in the US Senate where has no clout with the political pros there. Yes, he got his nose bloodied, but you can bet that he gained ground with the far Left and Obama. The bigger issue is whether or not WV voters will remember this fiasco in 6 years from now when he has to run again....probably not.