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In this Nov. 15, 2011, photo, Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., rushes through the Capitol to a closed-door meeting with other Republican members of the Supercommittee, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) In this Nov. 15, 2011, photo, Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., rushes through the Capitol to a closed-door meeting with other Republican members of the Supercommittee, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  

Sen. Toomey: ‘I don’t consider criminal background checks to be gun control’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

The compromise proposed by Manchin and Toomey is a watered down version of what many Democrats had hoped for in a gun control overhaul.

Many had hoped for a more expansive requirement for background checks. And anti-gun liberals like California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein had pushed for a so-called nationwide assault weapons ban, something that even Democrats admit couldn’t get through the Senate.

While Manchin and Toomey expressed optimism that the legislation would pass, the NRA made clear it will oppose it.

“The sad truth is that no background check would have prevented the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson,” the organization said.

“We need a serious and meaningful solution that addresses crime in cities like Chicago, addresses mental health deficiencies, while at the same time protecting the rights of those of us who are not a danger to anyone,” the NRA said.

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