Sen.Joe Manchin says the defeat of his background checks ammendment doesn't mean gun legislation is dead in Congress.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., becomes emotional as he meets in his office with families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., on the day he announced that they have reached reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The ammendment was defeated Wednesday in the Senate, falling short of the 60 votes needed for passage.
But he notes there's still a bill in the Senate aimed at protecting citizens as well as the rights of gun owners.
"This bill not only protects my second ammendment (rights), it expands upon them and treats me like a law-abiding gun owner," Manchin said in an interview Thursday morning. "But if I were a criminal, or mentally insane, it would prevent me from buying a gun, which it should do."
Manchin accused the National Rifle Association of lying about the intent of the amendment, saying it did not prohibit private sales of firearms.
The ammendment extended background checks, now required for gun sales at stores, to sales at gun shows as well.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic sponsor of the defeated gun-control plan says it would have passed easily, if not for the National Rifle Association.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia says there would have been 70 votes for the plan to expand background checks for gun buyers. But the NRA said it would include the gun vote on report cards that show whether candidates support gun rights.
The Senate on Wednesday rejected the background check bill Manchin wrote with Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey.
Manchin says he also lost votes because some senators who may vote for gay rights or an immigration bill wanted to show they are still conservative.
Manchin spoke Thursday at a breakfast sponsored by The Wall Street Journal.