U.S. needs to apply background checks to more gun sales, Conway says

05/01/2013 02:43 PM

The U.S. Senate should revive a proposal to apply background checks to the sale of guns at gun shows and over the Internet, Attorney General Jack Conway said.

“Right now we have about 40 percent of sales that are not subject to background checks,” Conway said.

An amendment offered by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania fell four votes shy of passing last month when the gun bill came up in the Senate.

And while Conway said he has refrained from criticizing Republican U.S. Rand Paul — who defeated Conway in the 2010 Senate race, he took issue with Paul’s statement last month that President Barack Obama was using families of Newtown victims as “props.”

“They weren’t there for the president. They were there because their children were riddled with bullets. If we can’t at least keep the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of people who have mental illnesses or criminal backgrounds, it’s not right,” Conway said.

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