Senators quietly craft a compromise on gun control

By Ana Radelat

Away from Washington’s heated debate on gun control, a bipartisan group of senators — none from Connecticut — are trying to salvage part of President Obama’s gun-control agenda.

“We’re getting there. We’re working on things,” said Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat who has earned top marks from the National Rifle Association.

With an assault weapons ban and other measures promoted by Obama and supported by Connecticut’s congressional delegation out of reach politically, these senators are focusing on measures that have a chance of congressional approval. They include an expansion of the background checks conducted by the FBI on gun purchasers at dealers, and increasing federal penalties for gun trafficking and “straw purchases” — or buying a gun for someone who is prohibited from owning one.

Manchin and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are negotiating with a group of Senate Republicans, including Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Ron Kirk of Illinois and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

Coburn said on Feb. 26, “We’re not there yet.” For more vist CTMirror

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