Following the shooting tragedy that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, some top Democrats wasted no time in calling for a renewed Congressional fight for tougher gun control laws. But on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that gun control legislation doesn’t have the votes to be approved by the Senate.
Therefore, Reid said, he has no intention of bringing new gun control legislation to the Senate floor very soon.
“We’re going to move this up as quickly as we can, but we’ve got to have the votes first,” Reid told reporters. “We don’t have the votes. I hope we get them, but we don’t have them now.”
Reid said that when the gun control debate does make it back to the floor, background checks are at the top of his legislative list.
“Background checks. We want to stop people who have mental illness from buying a gun. We want to stop people who are felons from being able to purchase a gun,” he said.