West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin accused the National Rifle Association of lying about his bill that expands background checks to all commercial sales of firearms, including purchases made at gun shows or over the Internet.
On MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday, Manchin said the NRA is telling members that his amendment would "criminalize the private transfer of firearms by private citizens." He adds: "It is a lie."The bipartisan compromise Manchin crafted with GOP Sen. Pat Toomey exempts person-to-person sales from the background check requirement.
"If you don't have credibility, you have nothing," said Manchin, a lifetime member of the NRA. "If they lose credibility, they have lost everything in Washington."
It's looking unlikely that the bill has enough votes to pass when it's taken up by the Senate later Wednesday, news reports say.