Connecticut Senator Sees Hope For Gun Control Measures

Sean Adams
August 23, 2019 - 2:51 pm
Sen. Chris Murphy

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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — A Senate Democrat leading the charge for new gun control measures is skeptical his recent talks with President Donald Trump will bear fruit, but isn't giving up hope.

“The president very quickly after the mass shootings, went to the press and said he was open to a conversation about background checks,” said Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy.

He says he saw a window of opportunity to have conversations with the president and hopefully bring about a positive change – and says he feels President Trump is still open to his ideas.

“I believe that the White House is still committed to trying to work on a comprehensive anti-gun violence proposal that would include strengthening background checks,” he told WCBS 880.

But how far would those proposals go remains to be seen. He’s skeptical if President Trump can persuade enough Republican senators to support expanded background checks.

“I think the chances of success here are less than 50/50, but I think it's worth giving this a shot and I’m looking forward to the process that I think will begin over the course of the next several days,” Murphy said.

He says he believed the “red flag” legislation is most likely to gain enough Republican support to pass.