WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to the press about background checks for gun purchases, in the U.S. Capitol building April 10, 2013 in Washington DC. Manchin and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) are proposing a bipartisan compromise, a proposal to be voted on as an amendment that would expand background checks to firearms sales at gun shows and on the Internet. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the architects of failed gun control legislation says he's bringing it back.
Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday said he would re-introduce a measure that would require criminal and mental health background checks for gun buyers at shows and online.
The West Virginia Democrat says that if lawmakers read the bill, they will support it.Manchin sponsored a previous version of the measure with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. It failed.
Manchin says there was confusion over what was in the bill. In he wake of last year's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Congress took up gun control legislation, but it was blocked by supporters of the powerful pro-gun lobby, the National Rifle Association.