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 CoonsGrassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel Democratic senator: Attacks on Saudi oil refineries 'may call for military action against Iran' Senator asked FBI to follow up on new information about Kavanaugh last year MORE (D-Del.) said Sunday that he is working with Republican Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns 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 TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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.