Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a statement on Monday indicating that he will vote no on the background checks deal reached by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA):
“The Toomey-Manchin proposal, while well-intentioned, is not a solution to illegal gun violence. We already have major holes in the current National Instant Criminal Background (NICS) system. There are thousands of people who have been adjucated as a danger to themselves and others who are not currently in the NICS system. Additionally, in 2010 over 13,000 fugitives failed a background check yet less than 15 people were successfully prosecuted. Instead of expanding a broken background check system, let’s fix it.
“I have bipartisan legislation which would accomplish that goal. I hope the Senate will soon debate and approve my legislation.”