Sen. Blumenthal said Monday morning that a deal was in sight on background checks, which have been the sticking point in negotiations as Senators have aimed to reach a bipartisan deal on new gun laws following Newtown.
“These discussions have been going forward for some time, now crystallizing and possibly reaching an agreement,” he told CNN’s Starting Point Monday morning.
Over the weekend, reports indicated that lawmakers were close to reaching a deal on background checks that would expand the current system but stop short of requiring them on all firearms transactions by including some exemptions, including sales between family members. When asked if he and other Democrats, who have previously advocated for universal background checks, would support a more limited expansion, Blumenthal replied:
“Where there are sufficient limitations it may be possible to gain common ground among all the supporters of gun safety measures…there is a compromise that is feasible and possible but also necessary.”