Report: Republican Sen. Collins will support Manchin-Toomey gun compromise
April 13th, 2013
07:44 PM ET
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Report: Republican Sen. Collins will support Manchin-Toomey gun compromise

(CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the second Republican senator not directly involved in negotiating a bipartisan background check measure to say she will support it, according to a report Saturday by NBC News.

She described the bill as a responsible compromise between two senators – Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia – who have strong ratings from the National Rifle Association, according to NBC. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, is expected to support the deal.

Collins and 15 other Republicans voted Thursday to begin debating the gun issue, helping Democrats reach the 60 votes necessary under the threat of a filibuster. Democratic Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, both from conservative states and up for re-election in 2014, voted against it.

Collins is also up for re-election next year and hails from a state where gun ownership is strong.

One reason she will support the measure, she told NBC, is because the bill would not require background checks to be conducted on sales made to family members and by individuals, a key point of opposition to background checks from Republicans.

The compromise reached by Toomey and Manchin - as well as Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and Mark Kirk, R-Illinois – would extend the current federal background checks to sales made at gun shows and between states over the Internet. It would also require all states to recognize concealed weapons permits issued by other states.

It has the backing of President Barack Obama but was rejected by the National Rifle Association. Procedurally, it will be offered as an amendment to the bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that senators agreed to begin debating.

Collins found herself in the spotlight on the issue after her office initially offered the relatives of Newtown, Connecticut, shooting victims a meeting with her staff rather than the senator. Collins did end up meeting with the families on Wednesday and told both NBC and Politico that she was deeply moved by the conversation.

– CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Manchin • Mark Kirk • Pat Toomey • Susan Collins
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. king

    Susan Collings is one of the dying breed in the repub party, after she leaves, the country is doomed. all these repups cares about is making money for the rich, and if it trickles down to American workers or the Chinese workers, they dont give a dam which one. this is why they push their agenda furiously. their media outlets compares to the democrats are ridiculous. fox news alone with its 24 hour pounding of Obama agenda, is trampling msnbc into the ground, not to think of all those rich stations like cnbc, fox business news, and right winged radio stations that outnumbers dems radio stations 20 to 1, and these mainstream media outlets better not say anything good about Obama either, or they will be pounded on like bees and called the lame stream media. i don't see how the dems can stand up against this juggernaut onslaught of lies, distortion, inorendo, and making the dimpliest thing into a big issue by the right. i use to think Americans were gullible as hell, but seeing the misinformation pushing by the right, i admit i have to give them some credit for not rolling over.

    April 13, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. doc

    Well, good thing about this, manchin just lost his next election, and hopefully the these plutocratic minded turncoat republicans get shoved out too for going against there voting base. God knows toomey is screwed here in PA.

    April 13, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Larry L

    It sounds to me that the entire bill only makes individuals use an FFL to transfer weapons at a gun show. That's a good idea but does nothing to require checks for secondary sales outside of the gun show environment. This will simply create a middle-man to profit on unrestricted sales to individuals w/o a background check of the final owner.

    April 14, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. Paul Williamson

    Finally, a Republican Senator with courage and intelligence who made the right decision... too bad the House Republicans cannot do the same..

    April 14, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  5. fernace

    In the aftermath of all the shootings that have happened since the begining of the year, it seems we would want to stop this madness from happening, immediately! But, no, there must be a Gun Rights discussion! Not an adults/kids-are-dying-for-no- reason kind of discourse! This is a preventable epidemic! I believe in freedom, but there definitely needs to be a sensible freedom for guns as ther are for anything we do:cars, crossing a street, building a house, climbing a cliff, moving to another country! What ever we do there has to be an OK by city, state, county or federal, or all of the above! Why not guns, which are being so irresponsibly used in our nation! I believe in the 2nd amendment, but we have a problem, an epidemic & we Have to Do something! We can't be OK w/so many deaths at gunpoint! Enough is enough!!

    April 14, 2013 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  6. Ann

    Kudos to Senator Collins for DOING THE RIGHT THING.

    April 14, 2013 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  7. You No

    Gonna have to ask again who has read "Dreams From My Father"? Obama is clearly a severely depressed teen who self medicated, and by those two facts alone would require disarmament by the very bills he's pushing. When Churchill joined the military, he was not subjected to "mental health" examinations, but if he had been, you can bet he'd have been "Bi-Polar", which would have disqualified him from owning a gun. Can you imagine no Churchill? How about no US Commander In Chief Lincoln, due to his severe depression keeping him medicated, instead of in office??

    This is Eugenics and Slow Disarmament. Opinion Based Curves (DSM) used to justify martial law against certain people?

    You guys do understand that the simple act of belief in a deity that regularly helps, talks, or guides your life is enough for a "diagnosis?" Heck, just believing that aliens or angels exist (its a huge universe, and every KJV reader in the world...) is enough for a diagnosis.

    Seriously, you guys have bitten a rotten apple of eugenic ideals which Darwin himself would find shame in even hearing.

    Tell me again, you evolutionists out there, what traits will keep us alive in 30 years? 10 generations? What, you can't tell me? Oh, well, I guess we can certainly ignore that logic and pretend we can remove rights to self-defense of people who "aren't like us" (eugenics).

    April 14, 2013 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    This nation needs Gun-ban. Period. Make it a law. Period. We need education like china, India.

    April 14, 2013 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  9. Tony in Maine

    Thank Susan Collins for showing the courage to do what she knows is right. She will be trashed by the NRA and the Maine equivalent, SAM, but she is doing what the majority of Mainers want her to do instead of bowing to the extreme right-wingers.

    April 14, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  10. MaryM

    Thank you Senator Collins

    April 14, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. Jinx9to88

    People on this blog continue to think the senators that vote for this bill are doomed, they are in for a rude awakening. This bill has 90% American support. I would be worried for the Senators that dont vote for this bill, they will be cleaning out their offices in 2014, GOP and Dems included.

    April 14, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Tony in Maine

    Methinks the right-wing is far too full of itself. Collins is a centrist in today's politics. I don't agree with all she does, but she is a good foil to keep we lefties alert and humble. It would be a bad thing if liberals became as arrogant as today's conservatives are.

    A little advice to my Republican friends, if you vote, moderates will prevail. The secret to pushing the right wing back into the cesspool is to get off your duffs and vote in the primaries and off year general elections. While you're at it – nominate someone for governor not stuck in 1813.

    April 14, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Bessy

    @ Doc-Toomey was screwed before he took this stand. He never should have been voted into office in the 1st place.
    Thank you Senator Collins.

    April 14, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. biodome

    If the proposed gun legislation saves just one life, it will have been worth it. I'm glad our government seems to be taking on the scaremongering bogeymen from the lunatic fringe for once :)

    April 14, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Riker

    Enforce background checks for private sales! To big of a loophole. It's easy. The gun buyers can pay for the check before it's done. Money is lost just like a deposit, if report says he/she is prrohibited. The seller is out nothing and it can can be done in minutes via Internet.

    April 14, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. fernace

    I thank all politicians w/the common sense to see that we have a gunviolence epidemic happening in our country & more guns isn't the answer, per NRA's suggestions! I hope logic will prevail, though I also see that the 2nd amendment must be preserved! There has to be a happy medium, here!!

    April 14, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |