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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  • leroy jethro gibbs

    joe and hilary 2016

  • tdwv

    joe is a lifer, a career politician who has never done much of anything else in his life but lie to gullible people to get re-elected and he will be re-elected for life. Blame the low info voters.

  • Dave

    All of these people should be shown the door next election, but it won't happen. WV will still vote him in, watch and see.

  • derek

    I think we need to fire everybody in Washington and start all over!

    • tdwv

      that's the best idea I have heard in a very long time.

    • Shadow

      Maybe the theme should be, the song: "Both Sides Now".

  • 2XLPatriot

    Ole Joe has advanced on name recognition alone. I'm sick of West Virginians who continue to vote for the name regardless of the character. This goes back to our grandparents and great grandparents and unfortunately, the cycle has never been broken. Both of my parents we're coal miners and because of union ties, voted straight democrat every election. Though I'm for unions, I'm seriously anti democrat. CaptainQ, you have nailed it with that post!

  • wvman75

    Manchin shot Obamacare to get elected and he's shooting the Constitution now that he got there. He has to go next election.

  • Jason

    Isn't the NRA glad they endorsed "finger to the wind" Joe Manchin instead of lifetime member John Raese in 2010? This why I'm not an NRA member. They endorse candidates who they think will win and look at nothing else.

    Raese could have won with an NRA endorsement.

  • Don Jr.

    I have been extremely disappointed in Manchin's involvement with the gun control folks ever since his opening remarks about only needing three bullets after the Newtown tradgedy. I've sent letters and emails that have been ignored. If he wanted to show a compromising spirit for political gain he should have chosen an issue that does not fly in the face of the constitution or American citizen's rights. With so many important issue's he could be working on like coal miners that are being cheated out of their retirement's or the federal budget that is out of control, or the drug problem in America, or the lack of jobs in America......No, he has chosen an issue in that compromise is wrong, and I think he has totally miscalculated the WV electorate on this issue. The only good thing that I see here is that the true colors are coming out early, too bad they didn't show in the campain.

  • JoeJoe

    As soon as Manchin teamed up with that idiot Charles Schummer, he was dead in the water. I knew Schummer was involved in this somehow.

  • Damion45

    What does all this have to do with the murders in Newtown by a psychopath? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
    It would be humorous if not so tragic. Now they are saying exemptions would be allowed depending on how many miles you live from a gun dealer. Oh oh...I am only 149 miles away...I have to get a background check. Ridiculous.
    Lets either see a vote for gun confiscation or drop it and move on.

  • EdwardWV

    Raven0303, I also have been a supporter of Manchin, since the Charlotte Pritt days of the Democratic Party in WV. Is it possible to recall him as Senator? As much as the people dislike Raese, mabey he was right all along.

  • Barry

    Next election it's time for Manchin to leave

    • GENO

      You are correct, enough, is enough

  • Roger

    The reported 40% of gun sales with no background check is false. I would have expected a reporter with MetroNews to have done a \better job with her homework. That figure is based on a phone survey conducted about 16 years ago. Previous studies have already debunked it. The left likes this earlier number better though since it fits their agenda.

    • DonaldB

      “THE REPORTER” you spoke of is no different than any other reporter in the business. “THE REPORTER” has been to college and then, safe to assume, to a formal journalistic course as their major or minor—therefore their thought is tainted and their brain is washed—they report the news as they desire it to be and any “REPORTER” who dares leave the left sphere of the liberal agenda is rebuked as a hack by the media liberal collective.

  • Raven0303

    Senator Manchin has forgotten where he has come from and who he is representing in the District of Criminals. I had always supported him in the past but it looks like he is stuck in Obama's pocket and not interested in what his constituency wants.

    • 2XLPatriot

      Oh, he's interested in what his constituency wants......As long as they are big campaign contributors. The rest of us average West Virginians are just SOL when it comes to having our voices heard.

  • bulldog95

    Online sells? Really? The last time I checked about online sells is that it is shipped to an authorized dealer where the background check is performed there.

    • JJ

      Yes, I work in a gun shop, know the laws, and wonder what these "online sales" that don't have background checks even are.

    • Teufel

      Exactly ! it is so frustrating to hear the anti gun lies.