U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today said he will oppose the Toomey-Manchin background check amendment. A vote is expected in the Senate tomorrow or Wednesday.
"The Toomey-Manchin proposal, while well-intentioned, is not a solution to illegal gun violence. We already have major holes in the current National Instant Criminal Background (NICS) system. There are thousands of people who have been adjudicated as a danger to themselves and others who are not currently in the NICS system. Additionally, in 2010 over 13,000 fugitives failed a background check yet less than 15 people were successfully prosecuted. Instead of expanding a broken background check system, let's fix it.
"I have bipartisan legislation which would accomplish that goal. I hope the Senate will soon debate and approve my legislation."