WASHINGTON -- The background check bill introduced in the Senate this week could soon have a bipartisan counterpart in the House, where most observers think new gun violence legislation faces a tougher hurdle.
The House measure will be rolled out early next week by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.), said Austin Vevurka, a spokesman for Thompson. It will be identical to the proposal unveiled by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Vevurka said.
The Manchin-Toomey bill would expand background checks to cover sales of firearms over the Internet and at gun shows, but would exempt private person-to-person sales.
So far, King appears to be the only Republican in the House on board with the measure, which the National Rifle Association opposes. King represents a suburban Long Island district where many voters are sympathetic to stricter controls on guns. His willingness to sign on could encourage other Republicans from similar districts. With just a few dozen GOP supporters, gun legislation could pass the House if Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) were willing to bring it up for a vote.
READ the Manchin-Toomey bill: