Because it worked out so well for them the first time, Sen. Harry Reid seems intent on reviving gun control efforts. The Senate Majority Leader is planning to meet with Vice President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin in the coming weeks to discuss gun legislation.
Reid told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he had spoken with Biden on Monday and the two will meet in person next week. Reid also spoke with Manchin (D-W.Va.), a key architect of a failed background check amendment along with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
The Nevada Democrat didn’t tip his hand as to whether the Senate will try to pursue another gun bill after the efforts collapsed in April and Democratic leadership shelved the bill.
“I’m not going to bring up a vote just to have a vote. I want to bring up this vote again if we can accomplish something,” Reid said. “That seems pretty common sense to me: If you have severe mental problems or you are a criminal, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.”