Navy Yard Shooting Hasn’t Broken Logjam on Gun Control in Congress

The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard — which took place a mile from the Capitol — has advocates once again talking about gun legislation, but still without the votes to pass it.

During his weekly news conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said a background check bill, first drafted in response to the elementary-school shooting in Newtown, Conn., isn’t yet achievable.

“We don’t have the votes,” Reid said. “I hope we get them, but we don’t have them now.”

The Nevada Democrat said he might be willing to move a mental-illness gun bill without a background check expansion, but that comment was quickly walked back by an aide who sent around guidance that Reid does not, in fact, intend to pass a mental-illness gun bill without expanded background checks.

Navy Yard Shooting Hasn’t Broken Logjam on Gun Control in Congress

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