CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin vowed Thursday that his compromise gun control legislation would come back up again in the U.S. Senate, and he blasted the National Rifle Association for spreading lies about the proposal.
"That bill will come back," Manchin, D-W.Va., told reporters during a Thursday afternoon conference call.
"The bill is solid, it makes sense, it's easy to understand and there's some people and organizations, like NRA, that are trying to confuse it," he said.
Manchin's highly touted bipartisan compromise with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to expand and strengthen gun background checks and create a National Commission on Mass Violence failed in the Senate on a 56-44 vote Wednesday afternoon.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, initially voted for the measure but changed his vote prior to the close of voting. The move allows Reid to bring the measure up for reconsideration at a later date.
While Reid said publicly Thursday that he would "take a pause" on the measure, Manchin said Reid assured the Democratic caucus he would bring it back to the floor soon.
"This is one of those bills that will not go away because it makes so much sense," Manchin said.
The measure expands the country's existing background check system to cover commercial sales at gun shows and over the Internet. Currently, only federally licensed dealers are required to perform such checks.
It also encourages states to put all available records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
"You can ask 10 people in the United States of America, and eight or nine of them will say, 'I'm OK with that,' " Manchin said. "And you know what most of them say? 'I thought we were already doing that.' "
The NRA, however, has claimed Manchin's proposal will prevent people from selling their guns to family or friends. Manchin called that a "bold-faced lie."
"They know that is wrong; why they're saying it, I do not know," he said. "If you read the bill, anyone who reads can tell they aren't telling the truth."