With immigration, budget issues and administration controversies sucking up all the Captiol’s oxygen, the once-charged debate over gun control has fallen largely by the wayside. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he plans to meet this week with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-WVa., to determine whether there’s possible legislative action.
Manchin was one of four co-sponsors of a background check bill that failed to garner a filibuster-proof 60 votes in April, despite bipartisan backing and intense lobbying from key figures including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“I spoke to the vice president yesterday about this. He and I are going to get together in the next week. I’ve spoken to Sen. Manchin today. We’re going to get together this week and talk about this,” Reid told reporters Tuesday after the Democrats’ weekly luncheon.
“I’m not going to bring up a vote just to have a vote,” Reid continued. “I want to bring up this vote again if we can accomplish something that seems pretty commonsense to me. If you have severe mental problems, or you are a criminal, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.”