An aide to Sen. Johnny Isakson said Tuesday the Republican could entertain a vote for background checks on firearm sales, but stressed that an earlier initiative would have to be “significantly reworked” before he could lend his support.
Isakson met Tuesday with a quartet of gun control advocates, one of whom, Piyali Cole of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told a reporter at the Washington Post after the meeting that the senator was “definitely open to” supporting Machin-Toomey, the failed bipartisan push to tighten regulations on gun purchases.
“He said he is working with Machin [and] Toomey on a regular basis on the bill — he said he’s definitely having conversations with them,” Cole said. “When we asked him directly, is he going to vote for the Manchin-Toomey compromise bill when it’s reintroduced, he said he did not know but said he was definitely open to it.”
It wasn’t long before a spokeswoman for Isakson was soft-pedaling those comments, though the aide still left open the possibility the Georgian could break rank on the controversial proposal.
“The Machin-Toomey proposal would have to be significantly reworked before Sen. Isakson could even begin to consider it, as he has major concerns with its potential impact on private sales and privacy issues,” Isakson press secretary Lauren Culbertson told the Post after its initial story was filed. “He remains very committed to protecting the unfettered Second Amendment rights of Georgians and of all Americans.”
- James Richardson