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Planned filibuster by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson may be cut after background check deal


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Two U.S. senators are expected to announce a bipartisan deal Wednesday to expand background checks for gun buyers.

And it could snuff out a filibuster planned by gun control opponents that include Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson.

The AP said West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Toomey will announce details of their agreement Wednesday. But it remains uncertain how it might impact a Senate vote that’s planned for Thursday on a package that seeks to curb the use of firearms.

If all Democrats vote in unison, they would only need 5 Republican votes to cut off a filibuster. And some Republicans said they would be willing to let a vote proceed – especially if they can have a debate on amendments.

Johnson was among 13 Senate Republicans pushing for the delaying tactic, saying he’s fully in favor of blocking legislation that would, “infringe on our Second Amendment rights.”

Johnson says he’s especially against the expanded background checks – which for the moment, would require checks for private gun transactions and purchases at gun shows.