Senator Johnny Isakson plans to vote no on the Toomey-Manchin bill. The bipartisan bill calls for expanded background checks on gun purchases.
Gun control advocates consider background checks the most effective of the proposals Congress is considering for reducing gun violence.
The bill, sponsored by republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. would expand the checks to cover all commercial sales, such as at gun shows and online. Private transactions that are not for profit, such as those between relatives, would be exempt.
Currently, the system only covers sales through licensed gun dealers.