Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Sunday that’s “an open question” whether his legislation with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to expand background checks for gun sales will receive enough support to pass.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Toomey said that he expected a vote on the bill this week, with Wednesday the likeliest day. The Pennsylvania Republican said it wasn’t clear that the legislation would pass the Senate.
“I think it’s an open question as to whether or not we have the votes. I think it’s going to be close,” Toomey said.
On CNN, Toomey as well as Manchin both defended the bill. The National Rifle Association is stridently opposed to the measure, arguing it would hinder the constitutional right to bear arms.