Pivotal GOP senator isn’t giving up on guns deal with Biden

Pivotal GOP senator isn’t giving up on guns deal with Biden

The Pennsylvania Republican is eager to reach agreement on a targeted guns measure that can outlast Biden’s presidency. | Sarah Silbiger/The Washington Post via AP, Pool By BURGESS EVERETT 04/08/2021 12:38 PM EDT Updated: 04/08/2021 01:07 PM EDT Republicans don’t love President Joe Biden’s executive actions on guns. But some still want to work with him on gun safety legislation. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who cut a 2013 deal on background checks for gun buyers that failed in the Senate, said that "lasting progress" is made through legislation — despite Biden’s efforts unveiled Thursday to crack down on "ghost guns" and pistol conversion kits. Toomey, who is retiring in 2022, is eager to reach agreement on a targeted guns measure that can outlast Biden’s presidency and said he appreciates "President Biden’s expressed willingness to work with both Republicans and Democrats to achieve this goal." "If done in a manner that respects the rights of law-abiding citizens, I believe there is an opportunity to strengthen our background check system so that we are better able to keep guns away from those who have no legal right to them," Toomey said in a statement after Biden’s announcement. However, any attempt to craft bipartisan guns legislation faces steep odds. Toomey is one of only two Republicans left in the Senate who supported that 2013 background checks bill. The filibuster remains a major hurdle, requiring a minimum of 10 Republicans to cooperate with Senate Democrats to make progress on background checks. And Toomey […]

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