VIDEO: Sen. Manchin (D-WV) Talks Gun Control on CBS
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) believes that despite the bipartisan gun buyer background check bill failing, it is possible to get the bill passed, in an interview that was broadcast live today, May 7, 2013 on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM) on the CBS Television Network. Watch the appearance below!
"We're going to have to make some adjustments to it and find where the comfort zone is, but what we need to do really is to be out and educate the law-abiding gun owners like myself," Manchin told co-hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell, adding he's "frustrated" that the NRA is "rattling the cage" on gun control issues.
Manchin also weighed in on the recent sexual assault allegations coming out against the military, saying "it is very, very concerning, and I can tell you we're all in concert with this in as far as changing the dynamics of what's going on in the military."
Excerpts from the interview are below.
Charlie Rose: Senator, what is possible, in your judgment, to get passed through the Senate?
SEN. JOE MANCHIN: I truly believe the background check bill is possible to get passed.
Charlie Rose: But not the one that failed last time.
SEN. JOE MANCHIN: We're going to have to make some adjustments to it and find where the comfort zone is, but what we need to do really is to be out and educate the law-abiding gun owners like myself. People that might belong to the NRA or other gun organizations that don't believe this is a threat to their Second Amendment. This bill, Charlie, not only protects the Second Amendment, it expands the Second Amendment.
Charlie Rose: But I want to know what's different that will make it more palatable to those who may be afraid of it.
SEN. JOE MANCHIN: We had some people who were concerned that it might infringe on any family transfers. It doesn't at all, but we're going to clarify that language. So anytime you transfer to family, whether it's directly or online, it would be basically not subjected to the background check. Because that's a personal transaction with a family member. What we've done is we've separated it. You have private, and you have basically personal private, and you have commercial. If you're going to go to a commercial, a gun show or online, it should have a background check.