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: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces White House eyes September action plan for gun proposals Trump phoned Democratic senator to talk gun control MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that he is “absolutely” willing to work with President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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.”

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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 CornynThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy O'Rourke says he will not 'in any scenario' run for 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.