Bipartisan deal reached on firearms background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators have struck a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more firearms purchases. The agreement could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb gun violence.

Gun control advocates consider background checks the most effective of the proposals Congress is considering for reducing gun violence.

The deal between Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania 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.

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