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 CoonsChris Andrew CoonsSenate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' Hillicon Valley: Cryptocurrency amendment blocked in Senate | Dems press Facebook over suspension of researchers' accounts | Thousands push back against Apple plan to scan US iPhones for child sexual abuse images Democrats press Facebook over suspension of researchers' accounts MORE (D-Del.) said Sunday that he is working with Republican Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.) and the White House on a piece of gun legislation following a series of mass shootings last month. 

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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 TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race 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.