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The Toomey-Schumer-Manchin Amendment

A bipartisan group of senators -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) -- introduced a compromise proposal to expand background checks. This agreement, known as the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, will be among the first gun votes in the Senate as an amendment to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's gun control legislation.

Summary: The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act would require states and the federal government to send all necessary records on criminals and the violently mentally ill to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). It also extends the existing background check system to gun shows and online sales.

The bill explicitly bans the federal government from creating a national firearms registry, and imposes serious criminal penalties (a felony with up to 15 years in prison) on any person who misuses or illegally retains firearms records. (Read bill summary from the sponsors and bill text.)

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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence 56,297 Facebook fans 8,810 Twitter followers

The Toomey-Manchin Amendment would expand background checks to private sales of firearms at commercial venues like gun shows and make it more difficult for dangerous individuals (i.e., convicted felons, domestic abusers, the dangerously mentally ill, etc.) to get their hands on guns.

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 10,426 Facebook fans 8,659 Twitter followers

April 17, 2013

Dear Senator,

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 210 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, we urge you to vote yes on the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which expands background checks for all commercial gun sales. The passage of comprehensive gun safety legislation is essential to improving public safety for all Americans.

The Leadership Conference believes that S. 649 will be ...

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National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women 3,572 Facebook fans

Recently, the Senate had an opportunity to vote on legislation that would have expanded background checks and protected victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking from gun violence. The intersection between gun violence and sexual and domestic violence cannot be overstated. Research shows that firearms possession by those who commit sexual and domestic violence crimes is an indicator of lethality (causing death).

Access to firearms yields a more than five-fold increase in risk of intimate partner homicide when considering other factors of abuse, suggesting that abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on ...

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