Rep. Peter King emerging as key to House gun bill vote

New York Congressman Peter King is emerging as the key Republican in the House who will likely determine whether expanded background checks become law. King will introduce the House version of the Manchin-Toomey compromise amendment from the Senate and thinks he can swing enough GOP votes to pass it. CNN: Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said he doesn't want to be "reinventing" the wheel on the gun bill in the Senate and plans to make a similar background check proposal in the House with Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California. "My goal would be to get the strongest background check bill we can," King said. His office has been in touch with GOP Sen. Pat Toomey's office. The senator from Pennsylvania teamed up with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, in last-minute talks to reach a bipartisan deal that could get enough support in the Senate to pass. The deal will expand the background check system for gun purchases to gun shows and internet sales. A Democratic leadership source...(Read Full Post)