Today, there are 50,000 federal firearms licensed dealers in America.
"People who buy guns at flea markets will also be subjected to background checks," Manchin said. "If an underground ATF [Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms] agent comes to the show, and guns are sold improperly, that will be a felony."
On April 3, Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot and killed by Tennis Melvin Maynard, who had a record of mental illnesses.
If Maynard had criminal or mental illness records, Manchin said, he should have been prevented from buying a gun.
"But it doesn't stop anyone from being a thief," Manchin said on Wednesday. "We all know people who have been mentally challenged. We are doing very little as a society to get them help. Then we have these horrific tragedies. ...
"We should be keeping guns from the hands of people who shouldn't have them."
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