Senate may return to gun control this summer

“Very few days go by that we don’t have these killings. The man in Las Vegas — clearly from what I’ve been able to read — was a felon. He couldn’t have bought a gun if he had background checks,” Reid told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

Asked whether that means the Senate would take back up the legislation from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that failed last year, Reid replied: “I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another vote on it.”

Manchin said in an interview that Reid’s message has been that if the Senate can get five more votes — enough to break a 60-vote threshold filibuster — then the chamber will take the legislation back up. But he’s not there yet.

“I haven’t gotten any count that shows me closer, but maybe [Reid] knows something that I don’t know,” Manchin said.