Failed federal gun control bill on background checks to be reintroduced, senator says

WASHINGTON - One of the senators who introduced a failed federal gun control bill on background checks says he plans on reintroducing the bill.

Sen. Joe Manchin  on Sunday said he would reintroduce a measure that would require criminal and mental health background checks for gun buyers at shows and online. The West Virginia Democrat says that if lawmakers read the bill, they will support it.

Manchin sponsored a previous version of the measure with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. It failed.

Manchin says there was confusion over what was in the bill.

In the wake of last year's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Congress took up gun control legislation, but it was blocked by supporters of the powerful pro-gun lobby, the National Rifle Association.

Manchin appeared on "Fox News Sunday" to talk about the bill.