Democrats divided on gun control strategy

Manchin says he will resume negotiations with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on their joint proposal unveiled in 2013 that would require background checks for guns sold over the internet or at gun shows but exempt sales and transfers between friends and family.

One emerging concern for Democrats is that Manchin says he wants to focus on commercial sales.

Manchin said Wednesday “it’s long past due” to implement what he called “commonsense” reform.

“Commercial background checks is the most, I think, reasonable approach,” he said. “I’ve always said that.”

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