Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick has expressed support for Sen. Pat Toomey's gun control compromise legislation that expands background checks to guns purchased at gun shows and on the Internet, but now he wants to know his supporters' thoughts.
Here's Fitzpatrick's position: "This is a common-sense proposal that can make a real difference. As proposed, it deserves the support of the House."
The campaign has launched a survey via email and Fitzpatrick's campaign website aimed at taking constituents' opinions on the topic.
The brief questionnaire asks mostly about the provisions included in the compromise legislation offered up by Toomey and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. It notes the House will likely get a chance to vote on the bill.
Survey takers are asked to respond to whether they consider expanded background checks to be a gun control measure, and whether they support background checks for Internet and gun show firearms purchases.
It also asks them whether they support penalizing states for failing to forward information on criminal convictions and individuals with mental health problems to the background check system. A final question asks whether the causes of mass shootings should be studied.
"We are working hard to identify participants in every community within the 8th district as well as collecting feedback from outside the district across Pennsylvania and elsewhere. If you’d like to please register your vote and then ask your personal network of friends to do the same."
It urges recipients to share the email with at least 10 friends.
Here's a link to the survey: http://fitzpatrickforcongress.com/gun-control-survey