Manchin working with NRA on background checks

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) says he's working with the National Rifle Association on legislation that would impose new background checks, with some exceptions.

"I’m working on a bill right now with other Senators — Democrats and Republicans — we’re trying to get it, and looking at a background check that basically says that if you’re going to be a gun owner, you should be able to pass a background check, to be able to get that. With exceptions," Manchin said in a radio interview picked up by the Plum Line. "I’m working with the NRA, to be honest with you, and talking to them."Manchin, a conservative Democrat and an NRA member, was one of the first lawmakers to call for action on gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

NRA President David Keene said this month that the organization is "generally supportive" of stronger background checks. But just this week, Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre suggested that background checks are just an excuse to get a national list of people who own guns so the federal government can "tax them or take them." On the state level, the NRA has opposed background check legislation.

The NRA has come out forcefully against another Democratic push today as lawmakers introduced a new assault weapons ban.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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