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Senator will make another push for background checks at gun shows

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sen. Joe Manchin says he will make a second attempt at passing a gun bill that requires background checks for gun purchases made at gun shows and online.  The West Virginia Democrat sponsored the original measure with bi-partisan support from Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, but it failed.

Manchin appeared on Fox News this morning.

"I truly believe if we have time to sell the bill, and people will read the bill, and I'm willing to go anywhere in this country, I'm going to debate anybody on this issue, read the bill and you tell me what you don't like," says Manchin. 

Manchin says there was confusion over what was in the bill.

In the wake of last year's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Congress took up gun control legislation, but it was blocked by supporters of the powerful pro-gun lobby, the National Rifle Association.

What are the chances of a similar gun bill successfully becoming law?

Coming up on Fox 11 Tucson Now at 9 p.m. and KOLD News 13 Live at 10 p.m., we'll hear from Charles Heller of the Arizona Citizens Defense League as well as a January 8th shooting survivor who has been pushing for universal checks.

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