Senate Democrat says he is working with Republicans on bipartisan gun legislation

Senate Democrat says he is working with Republicans on bipartisan gun legislation
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Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsBiden promises Democratic senators help in battleground states Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE (D-Del.) said Sunday that he is working with Republican Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (Pa.) and the White House on a piece of gun legislation following a series of mass shootings last month. 


Coons said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that the proposed law would notify state law enforcement when someone fails a background check to purchase a gun. 

"Senator Pat Toomey and I....we've been working hard on our bipartisan bill, the NICS Denial Notification Act," he said. 

"The Odessa shooter failed a background check. Our bill would make sure that state law enforcement is promptly notified when someone fails a background check," he added.

Coons noted that he has been speaking with Democrats, Republicans and the White House over the August congressional recess. 

“I’m hopeful President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE will actually lead on this issue next week, take a position, stick with it,” he said. 

Last month, 22 people were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, nine were killed in Dayton, Ohio, and seven were killed in Odessa, Texas. 

The suspected gunman in the Odessa incident reportedly purchased a gun in a private sale, which does not require a background check in the state, after failing a background check.