The fate of Sen. Toomey’s background checks bill

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In this April 10, 2013 file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. (left) and Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa. arrive for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In this April 10, 2013 file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. (left) and Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa. arrive for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is a rare Republican interested in some form of gun control – specifically a bipartisan effort to expand background checks. The Allentown Morning Call’s Laura Olson explains why Toomey keeps reaching across the aisle trying to pass this bill, and why things are looking bleaker for his efforts now.

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