“The Manchin-Toomey proposal is a good faith but unworkable plan,” Coburn said in a statement. “The proposal will impose new taxes and unreasonable burdens on law-abiding citizens.” …

“The agreement also prioritizes collecting records over protecting citizens. As gun control special interest groups admit, the proposal expands the government’s powers to record sales of firearms at the expense of expanding the scope of background checks,” Coburn said. “This is the wrong approach. Preventing sales to dangerous persons, not collecting receipts, will save lives.”

The proposal, Coburn continued, is a “government takeover” of gun shows, Coburn added.

“The proposal also unwisely expands the government’s power to regulate and control the sales of firearms,” Coburn said. “A government takeover of gun shows will open more loopholes than it closes. Instead of paying a gun show tax, gun owners will simply handle those transactions elsewhere. The Manchin-Toomey proposal, unfortunately, trades a workable way to improve access the NICS database for a system that is not workable and will be extremely difficult to pass Congress and become law.”