Two Senators have crafted a bipartisan deal which they hope will lead to passage of a gun control bill.
FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson reports from Washington:
The goal of the agreement is simple, according to West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin:
(Manchin) "If you are going to go to a gun show, you should be subjected the same as if you went to the gun store."
That being... A background check. The proposal would also cover gun sales over the internet.
Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey says the principle would be consistent across all sales platforms.
(Toomey) "If you pass a criminal background check, you get to buy a gun. It's no problem."
But it remains a problem with the National Rifle Association, which says expanding background checks will not prevent another school shooting or solve violent crime.
In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.
READ a statement from the NRA:
"Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools. While the overwhelming rejection of President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg's "universal" background check agenda is a positive development, we have a broken mental health system that is not going to be fixed with more background checks at gun shows. The sad truth is that no background check would have prevented the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson. We need a serious and meaningful solution that addresses crime in cities like Chicago, addresses mental health deficiencies, while at the same time protecting the rights of those of us who are not a danger to anyone. President Obama should be as committed to dealing with the gang problem that is tormenting honest people in his hometown as he is to blaming law-abiding gun owners for the acts of psychopathic murderers."