POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 8:54pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The Senate is set for an initial vote as we get new information on whether the public is behind more gun laws.
Our new NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll out this morning finds 55% favor stricter gun laws - down six points from the month before - with Democratic supporters outnumbering Republicans three to one.
Washington is full of emotion on gun control.
Senator Joe Manchin met with families from the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, the first lady talked to students about the tragic shooting of Hadiyah Pendleton, and on Capitol Hill a vigil was held where the names of victims of gun violence were read aloud.
Later this morning we'll see if a threatened filibuster will stop or slow down a vote on democrats' gun bill, but a more likely deal struck by Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Pat Toomey - would expand background checks to include gun shows and online sales.
"To me, this isn't gun control, this is common sense," said Senator Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania.
That deal also includes easing restrictions on interstate gun sales, and shielding sellers from lawsuits if the gun they sold legally is later used in a crime.
"You can pass all the laws you want and the criminal element is gonna sit back and smile," said Senator James Inhofe, Oklahoma.
Background checks enjoy broad public support in polls, but in Washington, it's still in limbo.