The path to 60 votes in the Senate for an assault-weapons ban just keeps getting trickier and trickier. The New York Times reports:
Mr. Manchin left the meeting saying he was not at all comfortable with supporting the assault weapons ban favored by many of his colleagues in Congress.
“I’m not there,” he said, adding that he was leaning toward strengthening screening gun purchases instead. “I’m definitely more inclined to be very supportive of background checks.”
Manchin’s hardly alone in his concern about the bill. Among others, Mark Begich of Alaska and Max Baucus of Montana are both up for reelection in 2014 in red states.