Sens. Joe Manchin, D-Pa., and Pat Toomey, R-W.V., announced Wednesday their bipartisan deal to expand background checks to include gun show and online sales.
It aims to keep firearms from criminals and the mentally ill. The deal comes one day after relatives of the Sandy Hook shooting victims from Newtown, Conn., pleaded with lawmakers to find common ground and act.
"We asked them to think about if they lost their sister or their brother or their son or daughter or mother this way, would they still feel the same way? I think that makes them think. Something has to get done," Toomey said.
"The common ground rests on a simple proposition and that is that criminals and the dangerously mental ill shouldn't have guns," he added.
Sen. Manchin said that while he didn't think the amendment would ease the pain of the Newtown victims left behind, it might prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.
"Nobody here, and I mean not one of us in this great Capitol of ours with a good conscience, could sit by and not try to prevent a day like that from happening again," Manchin said. "And I think that's what we're doing."
The National Rifle Association responded to the deal saying, "expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime, and will not keep our kids safe in school."