Dem senator: I will 'absolutely' work with Trump on gun reform

Dem senator: I will 'absolutely' work with Trump on gun reform
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support Senate, Trump clash over Saudi Arabia MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that he is “absolutely” willing to work with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE on gun reform.

“Absolutely. And I’m looking forward to going over to the White House. I’m glad for the invitation,” Murphy told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Trump last week called for increased background checks following the Florida high school shooting. Seventeen people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

He also proposed a ban on the sale of bump stocks, a device used to increase a weapon’s rate of fire, in addition to raising the age requirement for the purchase of semi-automatic weapons to 21.

Murphy on Sunday pointed to the gun background check legislation he introduced with Republican Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump GOP senator threatened to hold up bill over provision to honor late political rival: report Overnight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate MORE (Texas).

“So I’m willing to work across the aisle. And I was encouraged that President Trump said he’s in favor of comprehensive background checks,” Murphy said.

“So I’m hopeful that the president may be willing to take on the NRA,” he added, referring to the National Rifle Association.