Monday's mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard has revived the gun-control debate in the halls of Congress, but don't expect a vote on legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday.
"We're going to move this up as quickly as we can, but we've got to have the votes first," Reid told reporters after a closed-door lunch with the Democratic caucus. "We don't have the votes. I hope we get them, but we don't have them now."
Reid made the remarks after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who authored a bill to ban assault weapons and increase background checks for gun buyers, said that the Navy Yard shooting could have been prevented if at least the background check component had become law.
Congress has for the most part shelved gun-control legislation after failing to pass a watered-down version of the Feinstein legislation earlier this year. The legislation was introduced after the deadly Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
It faltered after most Republicans and four Democrats voted against it, with most saying they opposed the scope of the background checks.