Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) hasn’t given up on his bill to expand background checks for gun purchases, he said Thursday, signaling more willingness to return to the plan than he had publicly shown before.
While he has largely returned his focus to the fiscal issues he has long been associated with, he said he still occasionally talked privately with fellow senators about the background-check bill that was defeated last month, and about potential changes that might win new support.
But he has not heard of any opponents willing to switch their votes, he said, leaving the bill stuck short.
“I’ve had occasional conversations with my colleagues really ever since the vote,” Toomey said. “There’s nobody that I’m aware of that has indicated that they would change their vote.”
Toomey stepped to the center of the charged debate on guns in April, when he cosponsored the plan to expand background checks only to see the bill fall six votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster threat.