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 MurphyCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support House passes bill to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen This week: Border deal remains elusive as shutdown looms MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that he is “absolutely” willing to work with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 CornynInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Trump endorses Cornyn for reelection as O'Rourke mulls challenge O’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate 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.