Gun control reform still possible, Manchin says

By BOBBY CERVANTES | 04/28/2013 09:27 AM EDT | Updated: 04/28/2013 11:01 AM EDT


Sen. Joe Manchin was optimistic on Sunday that the Senate could take another shot at passing a narrow gun control bill that focuses specifically on mental health and criminal background checks.

‘The only thing we’ve asked for is for people to read the bill,’ the West Virginia Democrat said on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ stressing the need for a ‘clean bill.’

‘I truly believe that if we have time to sell the bill… read the bill and tell me what you don’t like,’ he said.

He said he expects Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who worked with Manchin on a failed gun control bill earlier this month, can be convinced to take up the issue again, even though Toomey said it was time to move on.

‘I don’t think he’s done,’ Manchin said. ‘Pat’s totally committed to this bill.’

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