Reid says he has no plans to bring gun bill to Senate floor

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he does not plan any action on gun control despite calls to pass an assault weapons ban and other measures.

Democratic lawmakers such as Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) have renewed calls for an assault weapons ban, but Reid has called for a moratorium on action.

“I think we have to wait and see how this plays out,” Reid told reporters when asked if he would bring any gun control legislation to the floor.

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“I think we should just wait for a reasonable period of time before people are off making statements about what they should do and what they shouldn’t do and also recognize what we’re doing here in the Senate,” he said.

Some Democrats have said Congress should ban high-capacity magazines, which allow a shooter to reel off dozens of rounds before having to reload.

Reid, who received a "B" rating from the National Rifle Association in 2010, rebuffed a reporter’s question about extended ammo clips.

“You guys, I am not going to be here with each of you debating gun control,” he said. “I’ve told you my feeling on that.”

Reid, who was thought to be in the running for an NRA endorsement during his last election, disagrees with many liberals in his party on gun regulation.

Reid said he would attend a memorial on the House side later that afternoon for two Capitol police officers who were gunned down while on duty 14 years ago.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate Democrats chief political strategist, told reporters earlier in the day that it would make little sense for Democrats to bring gun control legislation to the floor because it could not pass the House.

House opposition, however, did not stop Democrats from holding votes on the Disclose Act, a campaign finance disclosure bill, which Republicans blocked.