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 MurphyHouse passes bill to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen This week: Border deal remains elusive as shutdown looms Border talks stall as another shutdown looms MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that he is “absolutely” willing to work with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 CornynPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week How the border deal came together 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.