Key conservatives on board with expanded gun control plan

Posted at 6:51 PM, Apr 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-14 18:51:59-04

CNN– Washington dubs it “Manchin-Toomey”, after the democratic and republican senators who came up with a compromise for expanded background checks in gun sales.

John McCain, a leading GOP conservative, says he wants to know more about background checks for internet gun transactions, but gives it preliminary thumbs up.

“I’ve got to give them credit, and I want to look at it, but I’m very favorably disposed.”

Republican senators Mark Kirk and Susan Collins also are supporting the bipartisan measure.

But there is still some conservative pushback.

Alabama republican Jeff Sessions told ABC he doesn’t think the deal will pass and complains that current gun laws are not adequately enforced.

Republican Mike Lee of Utah can’t get behind it either.

“This bill, I believe, would do more to limit the rights of the law abiding than it would to actually prevent violent crime and that’s why I can’t support it.”

Senators Toomey and Manchin say the compromise targets criminals and anyone classified as mentally ill.

“This is about whether or not it’s reasonable to try to make it more difficult for dangerous people for whom it’s already illegal for them to have weapons to obtain them.”

Toomey says the bill could come to a senate vote as early as Wednesday, but that it’s an open question whether it will have enough conservative backing to pass.