[Video] Pat Toomey Defends His Background Check Legislation at Town Hall Meeting
Pat Toomey used a recent town hall event in his home state to defend the universal background check legislation he and Senator Joe Manchin introduced in the Senate earlier this year.
A concerned citizen voiced his distrust of such legislation and the government in general on the issue of gun control.
When asked specifically on the issue of government trust, Toomey did acknowledge that it was getting harder to trust the government saying,
“You raised the question: Can we really trust the government in the implementation? I’ll be the first to acknowledge the scandals make it harder to trust”
According to MCall.com,
Wearing a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” shirt, Charlie Horvath, 60, a retired science teacher, cushioned his criticism first, assuring Toomey he largely supports the senator. And Horvath said he doesn’t mind the idea of expanding gun background checks but worried it would “[open] the door to further restrictions and violations of our rights” because the Obama administration can’t be trusted.
“You can’t deal with them, and personally to try and think you can deal with [New York Sen.] Chuck Schumer and the like, you’re being a little naive …,” said Horvath of Rush Township, Northumberland County.
Toomey did reaffirm that his proposed legislation would make it a crime for any government official to compile data that could be used for a gun registry. Toomey did not address the issue that the data generated by a universal background check system could easily be used as a de-facto registry without much effort.
It is unclear how Toomey’s position on guns might affect his 2016 reelection bid. The Senator originally ran on a very conservative platform with strong Tea Party backing.