By Alexander Bolton - 04/16/13 03:53 PM EDT
Sen. Mark BegichMark BegichSenate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE, a Democrat from Alaska who has withheld his support for gun control legislation, says a proposal to exempt rural gun owners from background-check requirements would likely not win his vote.
Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinChristian voters left wanting in Trump vs Clinton New Guccifer 2.0 dump highlights ‘wobbly Dems’ on Iran deal Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), the co-sponsors of an amendment to expand background checks for gun sales, have discussed the possibility of exempting residents of rural areas who do not live within convenient driving distance of a gun dealer.
Under the amendment they introduced last week, firearms purchased at gun shows and over the Internet would require federally licensed gun dealer to conduct a background check.
Potential Republican swing votes have steadily announced their opposition to the Manchin-Toomey proposal, putting pressure on the sponsors to woo Begich and other lawmakers from rural states. Many people in Alaska, the largest state in the nation by geographic area, do not live within hundreds of miles of a licensed gun dealer.
Sen. Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampFeds weigh minimum train crew sizes Senate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Emerging technology-based consensus may help clear the air MORE of North Dakota, another Democrat who has declined to endorse the Manchin-Toomey plan, and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiBig Oil makes a push for risky and reckless Arctic drilling GOP divided over 0M for climate fund Overnight Energy: House passes first Interior, EPA spending bill in seven years MORE, a Republican from Alaska, are other lawmakers targeted by the proposed exemption for rural gun owners.
Ladd Everitt, the spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said about 98 percent of U.S. residents live within 10 miles of federally licensed gun dealers.
Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.), who voted last week against a motion to begin debate on the gun control package, said he has yet to make up his mind on the Manchin-Toomey proposal.
He plans to review it in the next 24 hours and is also interested in learning more about a plan sponsored by Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyTop Dem Senate hopefuls to skip convention Election to shape Supreme Court Why one senator sees Gingrich as Trump's best VP choice MORE (Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, addressing background checks, the availability of firearms to mentally-ill individuals and school safety.