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 MurphyGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that he is “absolutely” willing to work with President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals 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 CornynBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on 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.