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Peter King: House gun bill ready Monday

by KATIE GLUECK ,  |  published on April 14, 2013

Reps. Peter King and Mike Thompson are planning to introduce a House version of the compromise on background checks for gun buyers on Monday or Tuesday, King told POLITICO exclusively on Friday.

“I will be introducing, along with Mike Thompson [D-Calif.], basically the House version of the Manchin-Toomey bill on Monday or Tuesday at the latest,” the New York Republican said, referencing the bipartisan agreement on background checks reached this week between Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

He said the legislation will “replicate” what was agreed to by those senators, a bipartisan deal that expands background checks for commercial gun purchases, including those made at gun shows.

King, a moderate Republican who has long supported more far-reaching legislation on gun issues, said the pair felt that background checks were the “best route to go,” and credited his relationship with Toomey for some of the progress on the House version.

“I’ve known Pat from the House,” he said. “We started working with his office. We’re going to introduce the bill, it will probably be Monday or Tuesday at the latest, it would be physically not possible to get it done today, but we’re having the legislative office draft a bill to be ready on Monday. We’re also showing [it] to a number of possible other co-sponsors.”

He said that Toomey’s conservative credentials — the senator is a former president of Club for Growth — will be one factor that could generate more support among House Republicans, even as King acknowledged that not all of his GOP colleagues will be on board.

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