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Manchin-Toomey Background Checks Bill Released (FULL TEXT)

04/11/2013 07:28 pm ET | Updated Apr 12, 2013

After announcing a bipartisan background checks agreement on Wednesday, the full text of the bill introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was released on Thursday.

According to a Wednesday release from Manchin's office, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act is designed to prevent convicted criminals and mentally ill individuals from obtaining guns, while maintaining Americans' constitutional right to bear arms. Existing background checks are also expanded to gun shows and online gun sales, which previously stood as loopholes in the system.

Read the bill below:

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