Toomey said that with the expansion to commercial sales, background checks will cover a “vast, vast majority of all transactions,” adding that it would represent “progress.”
“Between the sales that already occur at licensed firearm dealers, all of which require a background check, and what we consider commercial sales, advertised sales, gun shows, and on the internet, that covers a vast, vast majority of all transactions,” Toomey said. “And it would be progress if we had background checks for those categories.”
These comments followed remarks from Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.), who expressed optimism that Congress could pass gun reform legislation on a bipartisan basis.
“I’ve gotten a lot of calls from Republicans in the Senate who don’t want to fight this fight any longer because the NRA’s authority is fading, the anti-gun violence movement’s impact is increasing. I think we have a chance,” Murphy told Todd.
The conversation regarding gun reform was reignited following two deadly shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., which took the lives of a combined 18 people.
Following the violence, President Biden urged Congress to pass a ban on assault weapons and close loopholes in the background check system.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. … We should do it again.”
He also called on the Senate to “immediately pass” two House-approved bills that would expand background checks for gun sales, noting that both bills passed through the House with some Republican support.