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 CoonsCentrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Bill Gates visits Capitol to discuss climate change with new Senate caucus The Memo: ISIS leader's death is no game-changer for Trump 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 TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem 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.